Bilateral: Power

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India and Brazil sat together and stared at a dragon struggling to pull a sword from its stomach. Above it was an elegant white bird perched atop the shell of its former life.

Brazil’s eyes were drawn away from the mural and to the name plates that lined the conference table. United States, Russian Federation, China…

“We could be there,” she told India, eyes still ahead. “Before, it used to seem like a far-off dream. Maybe it still is. But, it feels closer now than it ever has. Is that a crazy thought?”

“No, it isn’t. I’ve thought it as well.” India paused a moment. “But, I have a fear.”

“What is it?”

“I remember what these people had to do to get where they are. I ask myself if I’m willing to do the same things. Often times the answer is yes, but other times I’m not as sure.” He turned to her and she met his earnest look.  “We could be up there,” he said. “But do we really want to be?”

Author: Allison Black

Allison is an author, nerd, and international relations major who does not get paid to make bad political jokes--yet. When she's not writing or gushing about global affairs, she's playing video games. One day she will have a Ph.D., speak Korean fluently, and command an army of chihuahuas.

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