The Devolution of American Power
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs Vol. 37:1, Winter 2013
22 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2013
Date Written: Winter 2013
This article questions the thesis that other global powers are arising as the U.S.’s power is declining. It shows that although the U.S. is projecting less power overseas, others are not filling most of the vacuum, leading to increased IR disorder and ad hoc power combinations (“coalitions of the willing”). Moreover, some powers act in effect as U.S. regional surrogates, especially the EU. This article examines the role of China (which has much fewer global ambitions and capacities than often argued); India and Brazil (not truly big powers); and Russia (which acts like a global power).
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