G. John Ikenberry
017 Bendheim Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. 08540 USA
2 The American system
3 Unipolarity, liberalism, and...
4 Unipolarity and its...
5 ¡®Hub and spoke¡¯...
6 Multilateralism and...
American global power ¨C military, economic, technological, cultural, political ¨C is one of the great realities of our age. Never before has one country been so powerful or unrivaled. The United States emerged from the Cold War as the world's only superpower and grew faster than Europe and Japan in the decade that followed. American bases and naval forces encircle the globe. Russia and China remain only regional powers and have ceased to offer ideological challenges to the West. For the first time in the modern age, the world's most powerful state can operate on the global stage without the fear of counterbalancing competitors. The world has entered the age of American unipolarity.
The United States is not just a powerful state operating in a world of anarchy. It is a producer of world order. Over the decades, and with more support than resistance from other states, it has fashioned a distinctively open and loosely rule-based international order. This order ¨C built with European and East Asian partners in the shadow of the Cold War and organized around open markets, security alliances, multilateral cooperation, and democratic community ¨C has provided the foundation and operating logic for modern world politics. For better or worse, states in the postwar era have had to confront, operate in, or work around this far-flung order.
Both the Atlantic and East Asian regional orders were shaped by ¨C and today bear the deep marks of ¨C the exercise of America's postwar hegemonic power. A half-century after their occupation, the United States... [continues]
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