Can America Be the World's Umpire?

Can America Be the World's Umpire?

Enforcing the rules of the international system is harder if you're also a player in it.

He has not prompted a serious debate over the future of U.S. grand strategy. He hasn’t explored the flaws and misconceptions of primacy. He hasn’t spelled out a coherent alternative. For that, we’ll have to look elsewhere.

This is the seventh in a series of essays on the future of American primacy. You can read the previous essay, “Can America Share Its Superpower Status?” by Michael Lind, here.

Christopher A. Preble is vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

Photo: An umpire calling a strikeout in Michigan. Photo by Joel Dinda, CC BY 2.0.