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The United States after unipolarity

Cox, Michael, Kitchen, Nicholas ORCID: 0000-0001-8784-9012, Quinn, Adam, Futter, Andrew, Tardelli, Luca, Joyce, Joseph P., Morgan, Iwan, Kelley, Robert, Casey, Steven and Hassan, Oz (2011) The United States after unipolarity. IDEAS reports - special reports, Kitchen, Nicholas (ed.) (SR009). LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Much has been made over the last few years of the prospect of a power transition taking place in world politics, as the United States' dominance of the international system appears increasingly under threat. If this narrative of American decline is at least partially correct then the United States will be forced to rebalance its foreign policy to a world that is no longer 'unambiguously unipolar'. In this report, we asked a selection of experts to assess the challenges the Obama administration has faced in making that adjustment across a series of policy areas, from redefining how America funds and uses its military, through addressing global economic imbalances, to changing how others in the world view and work with the United States. The authors argue that the Obama administration has attempted to adjust US foreign policy in recognition of changes in the international order. They point to the domestic constraints and political cleavages that stymie that adjustment, and to the international difficulties that arise not just from pursuing a post-unipolar foreign policy, but also from the realities of a post-unipolar world itself.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: International History
International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 04 May 2012 12:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:18

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