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The Synonymity Between Dispensability and Decline

by Ehsan Ahrari on June 22, 2013, No Comments

In his second inaugural address in January 1997, President Bill Clinton stated, "America stands alone as the world's indispensable nation."[1]  Since then, that phrase has been used on a regular basis.  America, as an indispensable nation, underscores its dominance in resolving conflicts of all portions since the end of World War II.    It has been a major enabler of global economic stability and prosperity of Western Europe and Japan, and, most important of all, it contained the former Soviet Union–playing a crucial role in bringing about its eventual implosion.  (more…)
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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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Reshaping America’s Military to Fight Wars in a Transforming World

by Ehsan Ahrari on January 5, 2012, No Comments

The continuing economic crisis has created new pressures and demands for reduced expenditures inside the United States.  The chief question is how to lower defense spending without damaging America's capacity to project power globally and being able to fight more than one war in different regions of the world.  The fact that no such situation would present itself in the near future is irrelevant; the requirements of contingency planning make it vital that top U.S. civilian and military leaders remain prepared for emergencies.  An added variable is the presidential campaign that is currently being waged inside the United States.  This is also a time when a sitting president becomes a target of challengers to his job for not paying adequate attention to America's military strength.  These realities also necessitate a declaration of a "new" strategy. (more…)