Reports of American Declinism Premature

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It’s been popular to discuss the decline of the United States. Yale Ferguson wrote in 2008, “United States capabilities appear to be gravely waning today and its exercise of both hard and soft power has recently been so inept as to limit its current influence and possibly future role in global politics.” Or Charles Kupchan concluded in 2007 that “American primacy is already past its peak.” Many of the arguments are based on Paul Kennedy’s 1987 argument in the Rise and Fall of Great Powers and accept the inevitability of American decline.

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