To Avert Decline, U.S. Must Accept Reality of Multipolarity

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at Howard University in Washington, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 (AP photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

Several events in the past month have raised the question of whether the United States has entered the first stages of its decline in the global arena. Of them, the framework agreement reached between the P5+1 powers—the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China—and Iran in Switzerland last week has received the most scrutiny. The U.S. entered diplomatic efforts with the stated goal of seeing Iran’s capabilities to enrich uranium completely dismantled—but ended up accepting Iran’s right to preserve, albeit under rigid supervision, a good deal of its nuclear infrastructure. While the Iran talks have dominated the headlines, there have […]

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