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Why the Skepticism about America’s Alleged Decline?

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 8, 2013, No Comments

When it comes to the issue of America's alleged decline, please count me as a skeptic, or, at the most, ambivalent.  Yes, in the realm of economics, we are not doing well.  However, compared to the EU–another supposed erstwhile economic giant–we are certainly much better.  Yes, China is doing better in the realm of economics.  However, the zealots of Asia rise, like Singapore's Kishore Mahbubani, forget that even as a declining hegemon, there is no power that is even remotely capable of realistically replacing the United States. (more…)
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China-U.S. Power Games

by Ehsan Ahrari on July 18, 2011, 1 Comment

In the continuing power games that Beijing and Washington are playing in different regions of the world, each side knows where to take advantage of the political vulnerabilities of the other side.  The best evidence of that fact is China's recent decision to sign a multi-billion deal to build new infrastructures in Iran.  In turn, it will be able to export large quantities of chrome ore from Iran.  China knows how sensitive the Obama administration remains about any major power's decision to expand its trade with Iran.  Even though China's decision to sign that agreement is purely driven by the mutuality of interests of the two actors, it also knows how much that measure would infuriate the United States.  Iran direly needs China's assistance in rebuilding its civilian infrastructures, while it maintains its significance to China as its third largest source of energy exports.  For its part, the Obama administration is taking advantage of China's increasing assertiveness and its