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Unformatted text preview: es compared with other nations, particularly its
adversaries. In this respect the power of the United States is less in a richer world economy. On the other hand, the welfare
of a nation's citizens is largely a function of its absolute economic capacity. A nation's living standards are primarily
based on its productivity and on its ability to exchange its products for those of others on international markets. Both of these effects are enhanced when increased innovation abroad provides U.S. consumers access to better products and
U.S. manufacturers more opportunities to emulate foreign products and processes. The United States no longer has to
carry the burden of global innovation alone—increasingly, American firms can learn from others. US leadership prevents great powers wars.
Khalilzad, 2/8/2011 (Zalmay – former United States ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq and the United Nations,
The Economy and National Security, National Review)
We face this domestic challenge while other major powers are experiencing rapid economic growth. Even though
countries such as China, India, and Brazil have profound political, social, demographic, and economic problems, their
economies are growing faster...
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