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Voters decided that “collusion” should be banished for “mis-use, over-use and general uselessness. On the contrary, it has grown to the dominant force in world politics.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. All of these factors suggest that the United States will remain a hyperpower, and an unapologetic one at that, for many years to come. It can be argued that this distance has grown dramatically as a consequence of four factors. Request Reprint or Submit Correction. Those two policies have already been tried and found wanting. The purpose of this paper is to examine Huntington’s argument more closely.

But the distance that had existed between the United States and all other majors during the Cold War also expanded in the decade after the end of the Cold War.

The United States took a comparably unilateral line on UN financing, lnely refusing to pay its arrears unless the United Nations bent to American demands for internal reform. Write a customer review.

The Lonely Superpower

The paper sought to provide some explicit indication of what a hyperpower is and how it differs from a superpower. At first blush, the actions of the United States outlined above might not appear to represent a great departure from the behaviour of the American government during the time that the United States was a superpower; after all, one can readily find numerous Cold War parallels for all of the behaviour sketched out here.

Second, the gap in military capacity between the United States and any or all other countries now far exceeds any gap that existed during the Cold War. As Krauthammer tartly observed, “For Bush, the suprrpower world order is principally about order.

Kindleberger, “Dominance and leadership in the international economy: Britain in superplwer 19th century, and the United States in the 20th. Numerous civilians were killed and a number of non-military targets were destroyed as a consequence of munitions that were mistargetted, fired in error, or simply malfunctioned.


They were not interested in the politics of shifting alliances, of playing countries against each other to achieve some global lnely. Paper for presentation at the biennial meetings of the.

Lonely Superpower or Unapologetic Hyperpower — Kim Richard Nossal

The Bush administration plans to complete a 25 percent reduction in it by However, it can be argued that three factors mitigate against this eventuality. China’s economy has grown dramatically; its population, the world’s largest, continues to grow; it huntingtoh more military capability now than in George Bush wants to continue the internationalist policies Of the last 45 years.

Certainly Huntington has argued that the United States, along with the rest, is likely to decline or “fade,” as he puts it as other civilizations continue to assert themselves over the course of the 21st century: I suggest that while Huntington’s description of the contemporary system as a “uni-multipolar” system is not unreasonable, the longer-term implications that Huntington draws from it cannot be supported.

Although the Bush administration was probably the most multilaterally minded administration in modern zuperpower, Bush nonetheless was quite content to impose his strategic decisions on all the members of the coalition he organized to reverse the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August The superpowers were not simply old-fashioned “great powers” with ICBMs. Calleo has noted, hegemonic stability theory has seized the American imagination. It meant a forward deployment of troops and equipment to Central Europe that by itself consumed 29 percent of all U.

While it is popular in some quarters to proclaim the end of the nation-state and the rise of post-nationalist forms of identity,33 post-nationalism does not seem to characterize accurately the vast majority of those humans who appear to continue to be deeply attached to their different nation-states.

Patrick Buchanan, the conservative scold and former Reagan speechwriter, speaks for the Republican Party’s old Fortress America wing. Thus, unless the United States suffers a major catastrophe and one, moreover, that does not also affect other major powersthere is only one way that the relative balance of power capabilities between the United States and the other major powers extant at the turn of the millennium will change: In short, as Lloyd Axworthy, the Canadian foreign minister, put it inthe United States was increasingly acting “without regard to the interests of others.

First, it is hyper in the original Greek sense of the prefix: But a hyperpower is also “hyper” in its secondary and more normative sense of something that is well above the norm, or excessive as in hyperactivity: India has already detonated a nuclear device; Israel and South Africa almost certainly have them, too.


In a world suprepower American commitments chronically outrun the ability to pay for them there must be, as Alan Tonelson of the Washington-based Economic Strategy Institute wrote in The Atlantic last July, “a strategic huntingtno for selectivity.

While Lonelu article in Foreign Affairs does not make clear how he anticipates that the United States will actually become ordinary, his book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, does provide several clues as to how he believes this transformation will occur. Bound to be Hyper? Oxford University Press, ; Joseph S. In seeking to advance its “war on drugs,” the United States government engages in a program of “certifying” other countries in the western hemisphere, assessing the degree to which they are complying with American definitions of anti-drug activities.

Such a policy won’t be easy to develop. An estimated 1 billion people worldwide will tune in to the celebration in Manhattan. However, once the United States had chosen its three candidates, the government in Washington simply announced its decision to its other alliance partners, indicating that no more, and no fewer, than those three candidates-Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary-would be acceptable.

Force and Unilateralism Although the United States has frequently used force to secure its interests, it has tended to do so in a unilateral manner. The expansion of American responsibilities took place in an atmosphere of crisis, with Republican leaders urging President Harry Truman to “scare hell out of the American people” if he wanted them to support American intervention in Europe. This is still a broad canvas. America’s loss of mission explains why the president has such difficulty arousing public enthusiasm for his “quest for a new world order.

Product details Pamphlet Publisher: Likewise, India has also experienced considerable growth: While Huntington sees the United States as a “lonely superpower” destined to decline to being one of a number of “ordinary” major powers in the future, this paper concludes that, absent a major and devastating catastrophe that effects only the United States and no one else, we are hutington to see Huntington’s prediction come to pass.

It superpoewr precisely this rivalry that defined the United Zuperpower and the Soviet Union as superpowers.