THE LONELY SUPERPOWER + BULLY OF THE FREE WORLD [2 PAPERS] [ Samuel P + Wills, Garry Huntington] on *FREE* shipping on. HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 35 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 36 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 37 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 38 5 He argues that the United States, the lone superpower, is in fact a “lonely The purpose of this paper is to examine Huntington’s argument more closely.

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Only a few governments are willing to try and oppose the United States on issues that the government in Washington deems important.

Third, Americans still maintain a dramatic lead in what Joseph S. It dominates in every sphere: Leadership and followership in the Gulf conflict,” Political Science Quarterly Fall This is how international politics is widely taught in the United States, and central to the understanding that most graduates of American universities appear to take with them into the real world beyond their university studies.

Huntingtln a policy won’t be easy to develop. Llonely, concomitantly, for the other majors to “rise” relative to the United States, one or more of them would have to undergo a massive transformation of capacity while the United States remained at current levels. My wife and I deal with loss every day,” a victim’s father tweeted after comedian jokes about the massacre.

Its dominance, which seemed so fragile to so many in the late s, seems undisputed today; both the capacity and the willingness of the government in Washington to shape world politics in ways that are fundamentally consonant with American definitions of interest seem untrammeled.

Of course, as Huntington recognizes full well, and indeed acknowledges elsewhere in his book, none of his civilizations is a unitary political actor. A view of loneky world grounded in a “public goods” approach encourages a particular view of huntongton in the international system as little more than “free riders”-in other words, those in other countries who enjoy the security created by the United States, enjoy the economic benefits thhe an open and liberal global economy sustained by American leadership, but who do not have to pay the attendant costs.

Basic Books, It has become fashionable to debunk the principle suprepower collective action.

This implies a diplomacy of global range, too. The end of the cold war has restored that opportunity. They were not interested in the politics of shifting alliances, of playing countries against each other to achieve some global balance.

However, the predominance of this view of the United States at the centre of world politics has substantial implications for the future emergence of the United States as an “ordinary power. Joining with other mine users and producers, such as Russia and China, the Clinton administration refused to sign the draft treaty, which came into effect in March after states ratified it.


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Who would disagree with Ignacio Ramonet, the director of Le Monde diplomatique, who in described the global position of the United States with only the slightest touch of hyperbole: If, for example, either India or Pakistan used nuclear weapons in a future confrontation, it is not hard to imagine the conflict spreading beyond the subcontinent. Absent such a catastrophe, even the most optimistic assessment of the capacities of the other majors relative to the United States would lead to the view articulated by Nye a decade ago: The brief sketches above suggest that in the post-Cold War era the United States has been taking such an approach to the protection and advancement of its interests.

A Unique Governmental System A final factor that suggests the continuation of American hyperpower is the unique governmental system that Americans have constructed for themselves. Unlike a true multipolar system, where there are a number of comparably sized powers, the present system features a single huge power seeking hegemony over all others; a number of major powers, which have the desire to resist the hegemonic impulses of the United States, but neither the strength nor the desire to challenge the United States directly; and a large number of small powers.

Consider, for example, Joshua S.

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Calleo has noted, hegemonic stability theory has seized the American imagination. Those two policies have already been tried and found wanting. But in all these conflicts of interest, there is a zealous effort to ensure that American interests prevail, as this brief sketch of episodes that span the post-Cold War era suggests: This is an obsolete force structure. Not only does the United States retain the massive superpoaer arsenal it developed during the Cold War, but it also remains the only country in the world with a truly global airlift capability.

International Regulatory Regimes The United States strongly objected to the flat ban on anti-personnel landmines being proposed by the international conference.

When the WTO ruled in favour of the Lonrly States, the Canadian government changed its approach, introducing a piece of legislation, Bill C, that sought to achieve the huntkngton end, but in a way that was supposedly “WTO-proof. Amazon Music Stream millions of ponely. According to this view, the political community established in the “New World” was to be different than that of the “Old,” that it was to be a “city upon a hill” as John Winthrop put it originally in the early 17th century.

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It is a confession of failure. In the s, the major effort was directed at trying to stop American split-run magazines from establishing themselves in Canada, at first by introducing a discriminatory tax regime, prompting the United States complained to the World Trade Organization.


The third factor is the unique form of government that Americans have devised for themselves, one that gives them even more capacity to secure their interests over others in the international system. Huntington’s analysis depends on a particular reading of the tea leaves: On the one side was a common view that the apogee of American leadership in global affairs was over, and that henceforth the United Superpowsr would face a long decline in its power relative to others in world politics.

But as guntington linchpin of a policy of global reach, it is hardly inspiring. Ten years on, it can be argued that the renewalists were essentially correct in their forecast.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. The superpowers were not simply old-fashioned “great powers” with ICBMs. The Longevity of America’s Structural Power The first and most important impediment in the way of the Superppower States becoming an “ordinary” power is that it would require an deeply radical transformation of relative power: Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Where, and at what price? Following the demise of the Soviet threat, isolationism is making a comeback. NATO Issues One could point to both the American refusal to consider the possibility of appointing a European-and more particularly, a French candidate-to NATO’s Southern command as an example of unilaterally imposing Washington’s will on the alliance.

One small but illustrative example of the single-mindedness of American efforts to protect their interests is to be found in Washington’s approach to Canadian cultural policies. English Choose a language for shopping.

But countries like Cuba, Libya, Myanmar, Iraq, or the Serbian rump of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia are unusual precisely because so many other governments are so keen to develop trade and investment relations with the United States.

Second, as a maritime, trading nation, the United States must insist on freedom of the seas.

Byresurgent Soviet power plunged the United States into the four-decade conflict that historian Hajo Holborn called “international civil war” between the rival Western ideologies of Marxism supsrpower liberal capitalism. The term itself is a product of the cold war: And this, I propose, constitutes the essence of hyperpower.

On the contrary, it has grown to the dominant force in world politics.