American Ascendancy-And the Pretense of Concert

Like the one before it, the twenty-first century will be American—predictions of a multipolar world nonwithstanding.

Issue: Fall 1999

Like a sudden flash of diplomatic lightning, Kosovo has illuminated
much that was previously obscure in the landscape of international
politics. Not because of the victory over Milosevic--it would indeed
be a cold day if NATO could not vanquish a minor power--but because a
norm has been forcefully asserted, a Western norm with explosive
potentialities for many other sovereign states. And because NATO has
made its debut as the military arm of a concert of powers.

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