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Jan 16th - introduction and in medias res

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Unformatted text preview: Jan. 16 Introduction and in medias res Reading: approx. 75 pp. Kennedy, Paul. 2 February 2002. The Eagle Has Landed: The New U.S. Global Military Position. Financial Times. Brief discussion of U.S. military strengths, and incredible hegemonic position. Argues that the U.S. military strength is unmatched in the history of the known civilization, dwarfing even Rome. Points out that the U.S. is responsible for over 40% of the world’s defense spending, yet is able to “do it on the cheap” at less than 4% of total GDP. Shows that Britain’s navy was only as strong as any two nations during Pax Britanica, whereas the U.S. has 12 aircraft carrier groups on the seas, and that the combined power of all navies on the planet are not a match for U.S. Naval strength. s Brooks, Stephen and William Wohlforth. 2002. American Primacy in Perspective. Foreign Affairs 81, 4: 20-33. Brooks says that the goalposts are constantly being moved to determine who/what is a hegemon. He argues that the U.S. is a hegemon by any measure possible. Makes a number of points hegemon by any measure possible....
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