Is the American Century Over?
For more than a century, the United States has been the worlds economic powerhouse. Now analysts predict that China will soon take its place. Are we now living in a post-American world? Will Chinas rapid rise spark a new Cold War between the two titans?
In this compelling essay, world renowned foreign policy analyst, Joseph Nye, explains why the American century is far from over and what the US must do to retain its lead in an era of increasingly diffuse power politics. Americas superpower status may well be tempered by its own domestic problems and Chinas economic boom, he argues, but its military, economic and soft power capabilities will continue to outstrip those of its closest rivals for decades to come.