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Unformatted text preview: er and that the costs of trying to "shape the international system" to America's liking will rise (even as the benefits of doing so diminish), it would make more sense grand strategically for the United States to retrench and husband its resources for the long haul. The United States can do this by adopting an offshore balancing grand strategy American Heg Is on the decline Laura Secor, (staff writer) THE GLOBE, "That sinking feeling", September 14, 2003, accessed 9/16/08:
In books released in the last 12 months, the leftist SUNY-Binghamton sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, Clinton security advisor and Georgetown international relations spet Charles A. Kupchan, and French demographer Emmanuel Todd . America, writes Wallerstein in "The Decline of American Power" (July 2003), is "a lone superpower that lacks true power, a world leader nobody follows and few respect, and a nation drifting dangerously amidst a global chaos it cannot control." That the United States has come unmoored is evident, writes Kupchan in "The End of the American Era" (October 2002), from its "contradictory and incoherent behavior" since the end of the Cold War. And as Todd, author of the French bestseller "Apres l'Empire" (forthcoming in English translation from Columbia University Press), told the British magazine Prospect, in Iraq the United States "used military means in response to a nonmilitary problem. I believe this shows it has lost its omnipotence." Kupchan does not believe a unipolar system can last: Rival powers will inevitably emerge to balance American preeminence. But that is all the more reason America needs a grand strategy, which it has sorely lacked since the Cold War ended. What we have now, and are wasting, writes Kupchan (echoing Kennedy), is the opportunity to manage gracefully the return to a multipolar world at minimal loss to our interests.Wallerstein's picture is darker. The world economy as a whole has stagnated -- but when the global slump ends, Europe and Japan will quickly surpass the United States. Meanwhile, Wallerstein contends that Sept.
contend, for very different reasons, but each with a debt to Kennedy, that Pax Americana has come to a close 11 itself, as well as the conflagrations in the Middle Ea...
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