Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals, nº 134

Finding order in disorder: geopolitics, cooperation and 40 years of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals

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Pol Morillas

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). ORCID:

El autor agradece la colaboración y apoyo de Pol Bargués y Ricardo Pol en la redacción de este artículo. 

As the introduction to the 40th anniversary issue of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, this paper looks at developments in international relations over the last four decades, alongside the publication’s content and against the backdrop of the current crisis of the international order (or disorder). It spans the end of the Cold War and the faith deposited in globalisation and liberal democracy in the unipolar world of the mid-1990s, taking in the spread of the values and ideas of global governance at the end of the last century, before arriving at the growing multipolarity, rivalry between China and the United States and the challenge to the liberal order and permacrisis of recent years. Special mention is made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Key words:international relations, international order, geopolitics, cooperation, bipolarity and multipolarity

How to cite this article:  Morillas, Pol. «Encontrar el orden en el desorden: geopolítica, cooperación y 40 años de Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 134 (septiembre de 2023), p. 7-19. DOI:

Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, nº 134, p. 7-19
Cuatrimestral (mayo-septiembre 2023)
ISSN:1133-6595 | E-ISSN:2013-035X

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