THE LONELY SUPERPOWER + BULLY OF THE FREE WORLD [2 PAPERS] [ Samuel P + Wills, Garry Huntington] on *FREE* shipping on. HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 35 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 36 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 37 HeinOnline — 78 Foreign Aff. 38 5 He argues that the United States, the lone superpower, is in fact a “lonely The purpose of this paper is to examine Huntington’s argument more closely.

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Lonely Superpower or Unapologetic Hyperpower — Kim Richard Nossal

To be sure, the willingness of Americans to remind others that the United States is not only the most powerful country in the world, but also is the only one with the willingness to try and achieve ambitious global objectives, is hardly new. Its dominance, which seemed so fragile to so many in the late s, seems undisputed today; both the capacity and the willingness of the government in Washington to shape world politics in ways that are fundamentally consonant with American definitions of interest seem untrammeled.

However, once the United States had chosen its three candidates, the government in Washington simply announced its decision to its other alliance partners, indicating that no more, and no fewer, than those three candidates-Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary-would be acceptable. My wife and I deal with loss every day,” a victim’s father tweeted after comedian jokes about the massacre.

Consider, for example, Joshua S. War aside, the economic and other bases of power change little more rapidly in one major nation than they do in another. For that reason, Huntington argues that the present uni-multipolar system is just a transitional stage, one that will last a decade or two, a prelude to the evolution of a more normal multipolar system, where the United States will become a more normal, more “ordinary,” major power.

Over the ten years after the end of the Cold War, we have heard the same sentiments expressed by Americans. All of these factors suggest that the United States will remain a hyperpower, and an unapologetic one at that, for many years to come.

The United States government penalized those countries which failed to gain certification by refusing them access to American funding. To maintain and encourage a more vibrant and open global economy, Americans created the post recovery of both Europe and Japan, by donating billions of dollars in aid and opening its markets to their products, and working tirelessly to forge an open and liberal trading system for the benefit of all.


Hegemonic stability theory is, if nothing else, deeply nationalistic.

The Lonely Superpower

But these are surely fanciful scenarios, built on a set of assumptions that blithely ignore a number of important reality checks. First, it is hyper in tye original Greek sense of the prefix: I suggest that while Huntington’s description of the contemporary system as a “uni-multipolar” system is not unreasonable, the longer-term implications that Huntington draws from it cannot be supported.

The first huge gap appeared as the Soviet Union’s superpower status disintegrated, accelerating the considerable distance that was already evident in the s: Paper for presentation at the biennial meetings of the. It also suggests that all the nations of the developed world have a supperpower interest in choking off the flow of nuclear technology and materials. This also leads Americans to embrace the idea of “fair trade,” a uniquely American term invented to describe the process by which trading partners of the United States, having been assisted by American largesse in the immediate post period, in essence kick their benefactors in the teeth by engaging in trade practices that hurt American interests.

He argues that the contemporary international system cannot appropriately be described as unipolar, since that suggests the existence of one single dominant power and many small powers, and there are of course a number of “major” powers in contemporary world politics-Russia, China, Japan, and the European “majors,” together with a number of smaller but no less important regional powers, such as India, Brazil, and South Africa.

Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about a lower price? And this, I propose, constitutes the essence of hyperpower. Third, there is a direct interest in the health of overseas markets for U.

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George Bush wants to continue the internationalist policies Of the last 45 years. Sketching out the nature of a hyperpower and how it differs from a superpower is crucial for a consideration of Huntington’s argument about the future of world politics.


Kindleberger, “Dominance and leadership in the international economy: International Regulatory Regimes The United States strongly objected to the flat ban on anti-personnel landmines being proposed by the international conference. In the case of overseas superplwer, for example, a farsighted policy would probably call for extensive technical assistance to the resource-rich but technologically backward Russian Republic.

But as Clausewitz pointed out, military force is what is left when a nation’s political goals can’t be achieved by nonviolent means.

But they may come to see the wisdom of the second half: And thus armed with this slightly different analytical perspective, we can make better sense of Samuel Huntington’s argument about the future of the international system. Britain in the 19th century, and the United States in the 20th. A country’s rating affected bilateral relations with the United States. Addison-Wesley,argued that great-power rivalry was an inexorable and necessary feature of global politics; any disappearance of great-power rivalry was thus merely a transitional phase between one set of enmities and another destined to replace it.

In the recent past, there have only been two hegemonic powers creating such “hegemonic stability”: Thus a hyperpower is one where there is a considerable and indeed, as I will argue below, an unbridgeable distance in capacity between it and all others in the international system.

It has become fashionable to debunk the principle of collective action. Objecting to the possibility that the jurisdiction of the new ICC might apply to Americans, the United States refused to join with most other liberal-democratic countries, and instead joined with countries like China, Iraq, and Libya in rejecting the proposal.

This implies a diplomacy of global range, too. When the WTO ruled in favour of the United States, the Canadian government changed its approach, introducing a piece of legislation, Bill C, that sought to achieve the same end, but in a way that was supposedly “WTO-proof.

That instinct remained strong well huntibgton the 20th century: