The Dispensable Nation?

Even though the United States has lost its Cold War–era aura of "specialness", the world still needs U.S. leadership.

Issue: July-Aug 2007

WE ARE still slow to recognize how revolutionary the changes sweeping the globe are. The forces unleashed by globalization are as important to determining the shape of the coming age as industrialization was two hundred years ago.

Will the United States remain the "indispensable nation" in global affairs under these new conditions? It depends on what you mean by the term.

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