When historians want to find out about the ideas that motivated American foreign policy in the early years of the twenty-first century, they would do well to read this book. Robert Kagan has formally set out a case for unilateralism on the part of the United States, as opposed to the multilateralism now characteristic of Europe. Kagan believes that the United States can disregard a weak Europe, and have a free hand in pursuing its global interests.
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What would the world look like if America were to reduce its role as a global leader in order to focus all its energies on solving its problems at home? And is America really in decline? Robert Kagan, New York Times best-selling author and one of the country’s most influential strategic thinkers, paints a vivid, alarming picture of what the world might look like if the United States were truly to let its influence wane.
"This Is How Fascism Comes to America" is from the May 18, 2016, Opinions section of The Washington Post. It was written by Robert Kagan and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Post-Cold War, the world remains "unipolar", but international competition among the United States, Russia, China, Europe, Japan, India, and Iran raise new threats of regional conflict. Communism is dead, but a new contest between western liberalism and the great eastern autocracies of Russia and China has reinjected ideology into geopolitics.
"Original thoughts about superpower relationships"
"Trump Is the GOP's Frankenstein Monster. Now He's Strong Enough to Destroy the Party." is from the Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Robert Kagan and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Hanna Halaburda, an economist at the Bank of Canada, and Felix Oberholzer-Gee, a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, write about how the well-known strategic rules of markets with network effects – move first and get big – are often dead wrong.
Of the remarkable things we have learned this election year, the most significant is that the current Republican Party is unfit to lead the country.
"Would Checks and Balances Stop Trump? Don't Bet on It" is from the June 16, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Robert Kagan and narrated by Sam Scholl.