You wrote: "The question is not whether we are facing a post-Cold War multi-polar world, which is of course now a given, but how many poles there are and how to define those poles. In a world in which a micro-power like Wikileaks can act with virtual impunity for more than a decade against the sole Superpower, the concept of a poly-polar geopolitical world seems apt." Though I do not consider Wikileaks as a challenging genius , rather the umbilical self-assessing power of one person or at best a handful of people, poly-polarity is a given and it will not change even with pandemics on the table and an army of Trump like Mr. Smith in The Matrix. Yet the project of Facebook to besiege Africa with an underwater cable is in many ways good but extremely dangnerous since one man or a handful of men (and where are women at Facebook?) would be able to control everything coming in and going out of Africa. But such ventures are becoming poles of their own in this polypolar world.