This is the eighth in a series of essays on the future of American primacy. You can read the previous essay, “Can America Be the World's Umpire?” by Christopher A. Preble, here.
Hal Brands is Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. His most recent book is Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order.
Image: An F-35C on the deck of the USS George Washington. US Navy photo.