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The End of the American Era THE UNITED States has been the dominant world power since 1945, and U.S. leaders have long sought to preserve that privileged position. They understood, as did most Americans, that primacy brought important benefits. It made other states less likely to threaten America or its vital interests directly. The End of the American Era
After America - by Zbigniew Brzezinski Not so long ago, a high-ranking Chinese official, who obviously had concluded that America's decline and China's rise were both inevitable, noted in a burst of candor to a senior U.S. official: "But, please, let America not decline too quickly." Although the inevitability of the Chinese leader's expectation is still far from certain, he was right to be cautious when looking forward to America's demise. For if America falters, the world is unlikely to be dominated by a single preeminent successor -- not even China. After America - by Zbigniew Brzezinski
Redefining American Power | The Majalla Between You and Me Considering the some trillion dollars per year spent on defense related activities, an overhaul of the budget is long overdue. Yet, before voicing support for Obama’s proposed military strategy, it is imperative that American politicians engage the public in a serious discussion on America’s increasing reliance on extra-judicial killings and drone attacks. President Obama is seeking to reshape America's defense policy US President, Barack Obama, unveiled last week the US Department of Defense’s January 2012 defense strategy, Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership: Priorities for 21st Century Defense. Redefining American Power | The Majalla
Dan Drezner: Dear Bob and Gideon, It's an honor to be moderating this discussion between the two of you. You have both managed to author interesting and cogently argued books that are nevertheless at odds with each other on the future of world order. Gideon, you are of the belief that the Age of Anxiety is upon us, due in no small part to the waning of American power and the Western model of political economy more generally. Bob, you rebut arguments about American decline by pointing out the ways in which current commentators have wildly exaggerated American power in the past and the ways in which current U.S. power resources are still quite robust. The Rise or Fall of the American Empire - By Robert Kagan, Gideon Rachman, and Daniel W. Drezner The Rise or Fall of the American Empire - By Robert Kagan, Gideon Rachman, and Daniel W. Drezner
As leaders of the G-8 industrialized countries gather at Camp David later this week, there will be much talk of global leadership -- and of its importance for our crisis-prone world. In a world where so many challenges transcend borders -- threats to the stability of the global economy, climate change, cyberconflict, terrorism, and risks to reliable supplies of food and water, to name just a few -- the need for international cooperation has never been greater. Yet, cooperation depends on leadership. Only global leaders have the leverage to coordinate multinational responses to transnational problems, as well as the wealth and power to persuade other governments to take actions they would not otherwise take. They provide services no one else will pay for and resources that others cannot afford. On issue after issue, leaders set the agenda. Welcome to the New World Disorder - By Ian Bremmer Welcome to the New World Disorder - By Ian Bremmer
"America’s G-Zero Moment" by Ian Bremmer Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space NEW YORK – The 2008 financial crisis marked the end of the global order as we knew it. "America’s G-Zero Moment" by Ian Bremmer
Noam Chomsky: America's Decline Is Real -- and Increasingly Self-Inflicted | World February 14, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Noam Chomsky: America's Decline Is Real -- and Increasingly Self-Inflicted | World
Noam Chomsky: The Decline of American Empire (Part 2) | World Noam Chomsky: The Decline of American Empire (Part 2) | World February 15, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list:
Robert Kagan: Against The Myth Of American Decline The myth of American decline. Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. Note: At the State of the Union on January 26, President Barack Obama argued, "Anyone who tells you that America is in decline or that our influence has waned, doesn't know what they're talking about." According to a Foreign Policy report, the president had read and been influenced by the TNR article below, discussing it at length in an off-the-record meeting on the afternoon of the speech. Robert Kagan: Against The Myth Of American Decline
Glory days: A pundit's rosy view of the Pax Americana—By Andrew J. Bacevich
We’re So Exceptional by Michael Ignatieff We’re So Exceptional by Michael Ignatieff All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals by David Scheffer Princeton University Press, 533 pp., $35.00
"This century must be an American century," Mitt Romney insisted in a recent speech on foreign policy. "In an American century," the former Massachusetts governor continued, "America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world." Adhering to his party's traditional playbook, the likely Republican nominee went on to reaffirm that the United States is "an exceptional country with a unique destiny." In an election season, such talk rolls easily off the tongue. Sorry, Mitt: It Won't Be an American Century - By Charles Kupchan
American Funk - Ian Buruma - Project Syndicate Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space NEW YORK – The eccentric Bengali intellectual Nirad C. Chaudhuri once explained the end of the British Raj in India as a case of “funk,” or loss of nerve. The British had stopped believing in their own empire. They simply lost the will, in Rudyard Kipling’s famous words, to fight “the savage wars of peace.”
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney don't generally agree on much. But these days they appear to have one area of surprising consensus -- they both believe that stories of American decline are greatly exaggerated. According to Foreign Policy's own Josh Rogin, Obama has been praising Robert Kagan's recent article in the New Republic on the myth of American decline -- a perhaps not unsurprising position to take for a candidate regularly accused of being insufficiently exceptionalist. Romney -- author ofNo Apology: The Case for American Greatness -- also counts Kagan among his top foreign-policy advisors. Kagan's article, as well as his new book, The World America Made, is the most obvious recent example of pushback against the declinist meme, but others have also taken up the mantle. Rotting From the Inside Out - By Michael A. Cohen
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Why America Keeps Getting More Conservative - Politics Even with the president’s approval rating showing signs of life and the Republicans busily bashing themselves over the head — “one is a practicing polygamist and he’s not even the Mormon,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently quipped about her party’s two frontrunners — America continues to track right, according to polling data released by the Gallup Organization last week. Americans at this political moment are significantly more likely to identify as conservative than as liberal: conservatives outnumber liberals by nearly two to one. Forty percent identify as conservative, 36 percent as moderate, and 21 percent liberal. The map above charts the ideological divide across America’s states. There are four states where conservatives make up more than half the population: Mississippi, Utah, Wyoming, and Alabama. Conservatives make up more than 40 percent in 20 more states.
The Romney Doctrine?
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Citizens United: Justice David Souter’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s momentous campaign finance case
How John Roberts Orchestrated Citizens United
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A Better Internationalism
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The Great American Novel
America's Spy State: How the Telecoms Sell Out Your Privacy | Civil Liberties
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Morals: Our great moral decline
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America’s bankrupt morality
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The Potential Killers All Around Us
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150 Miles of Hell 
Reports Reveal Two New Scandals in the Pepper-Spraying at UC Davis - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics
How Obama Became a Civil Libertarian's Nightmare
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Will a Militarized Police Force Facing Occupy Wall Street Lead to Another Kent State Massacre?
Police Handcuff Ga. Kindergartner For Tantrum
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TSA Agents Conduct ‘Full Monty’ Pat-Down On Henry Kissinger
'Losing' the world: American decline in perspective
The imperial way: US decline in perspective
America the Possible: A Manifesto, Part I
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How our election cycle screws up our foreign policy
"Foreign Policy Forgotten" by Christopher R Hill
More Than Just Remembering -- By Madeleine Albright and William Cohen
The Nerve of 'Do as We Say, Not as We Do' Foreign Policy - Wendy Kaminer - Politics