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America cannot rely on power alone
Description: Even the Roman empire at its zenith did not have the international influence of 21st-century America. Yet foreign policy analysts are increasingly asking why the US, with all its hegemonic power, seems unable to get its way in suppressing the Iraqi i
Date: 23 August 2006
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Source: Financial Times
Even the Roman empire at its zenith did not have the international influence of 21st-century America. Yet foreign policy analysts are increasingly asking why the US, with all its hegemonic power, seems unable to get its way in suppressing the Iraqi insurgency, stabilising Afghanistan, getting Iran and North Korea to abandon their nuclear weapons programmes and resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In other words, the magnitude of American power and Washington 's inability to use that power to get its way in international politics presents a paradox.

Make no mistake: the US is indeed a global hegemon because of its overwhelming economic and military dominance. The sheer magnitude of America's military superiority dissuades even its closest would-be rivals from openly striving to compete as an equal...

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