Chapter

The American Colossus

Joseph S. Nye

in The Paradox of American Power

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161106
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199871087 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195161106.003.0001
 The American Colossus

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The U.S. security policy needs to be based on a proper appreciation of the roots of the nation's superpower status, which recognizes the contribution of “soft” (economic and cultural) power to the defense of a balanced world system, which would preclude the formation of peer competitors or an anti‐U.S. consensus. This chapter assesses the potential of China, Japan, Russia, India and the European Union to challenge U.S. hegemony, or to contribute to such a challenge.

Keywords: balance of power; foreign policy; soft power; strategic competition; U.S.A

Chapter.  14834 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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