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Cold War Success Cost America Its Place in the Global Order

Cold War Success Cost America Its Place in the Global Order

After the Cold War, we thought that liberal democracy’s dominance was assured—no more work required, no more messy involvement in global affairs. We were wrong.

Will we stand behind our words, or will this strategy—and the world’s operating system—become just another dusty government document?

Wallace C. Gregson, a retired Marine and former assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (2009–11), is currently senior advisor at Avascent International and senior director for China and the Pacific at the Center for the National Interest.

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