Krauthammer_The Unipolar Movement RevisitedNotes

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The Unipolar Movement Revisited 06/10/2008 20:07:00 The Conventional wisdom was that the demise of the USSR would lead to  multipolarity, and unipolarity was seen as either optimism or arrogance Thought America was suffering from overstretch, in decline Second coming of the Rising Sun, Japan! (1) There is no comparison to the unipolarity, power of the US Those denying it apply a ridiculous standard: ability to achieve all its goals  everywhere by itself—this is divinity not unipolarity! (2) New norm for America is not withdrawal but engagement (3) increase in the threat of war; source: WMDs wielded by rogue states and not  great powers, who were historically the only threats to world peaced Unipolarity after September 11 2001 1990s: Japanese economic decline, german stagnation, Russia weakened, eu  turned inward at expense of military, china grew but was already so far behind. US can’t be challenged even by the next greatest power; military spending  exceeds that of the next 20 countries combined. 9/11 heightened this asymmetry; unleashed ferocity and full capacities o US didn’t look for demonstration wars, but Afghanistan was thrust upon  it.
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2008 for the course PSC 330 taught by Professor D during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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