Some analysts contend that the future of the US is bleak and that its days as a superpower are numbered. While no one can ignore the very serious challenges that confront America at home and abroad, most analyses are dangerously onesided. First, they suffer from a short-term view that overlooks the strong structural underpinnings of American power. Second, naysayers of American power often play up America's faults while ignoring the very serious challenges rising powers must confront if they are to continue on their upward trajectory. Third, writers on America's decline fail to grasp the changing fundamentals of global politics and the shift within world politics that requires states to move away from zero-sum conceptions of international affairs. This response addresses these issues and the assertion by Professor Michael Cox that the US is in decline - again. It argues that that US will continue to be a pre-eminent global superpower and that this power can be extended if the US makes wise choices to expand global governance in its final years as the sole superpower.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science
- Political Science and International Relations