One of the discussions that bobbed through this year’s Update was the nature and status of a G2, so that China and the US can seek accommodations or even agreements on how to run the world. Geoffrey Garrett’s chapter lays out the case for a G2 that dare not speak its name:

The fundamental big-picture trajectory of the post–financial crisis era is the same as it was before—towards a world dominated by interactions between the United States, which is still the most powerful country, and China, which is the biggest and fastest-growing rising power. A de facto G2 is emerging, almost by default, even though neither China nor the United States will give their relationship this grandiose title.