America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power (Cornell Studies in Security Affairs)

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American power today is without historical precedent, dominating the world system. No other nation has enjoyed such formidable advantages in military, economic, technological, cultural, and political capabilities. How stable is this unipolar American order? Will the age-old dynamic of the balance of power reemerge as the other great powers rise up to challenge American preeminence? America Unrivaled examines these questions. The experts in this volume contend that full-scale balancing in this new world order has not yet occurred. They ask if a backlash against American dominance is just around the corner, or if characteristics of the current situation alter or eliminate the entire logic of power balancing.American power poses threats, as do the likely responses to that power, the experts argue in America Unrivaled. The definition of these threats is critical to understanding future political trends and learning whether an original (and stable) world system has already come into existence. Most of the contributors agree that novel features of the American hegemony and the wider global order make an automatic return to a traditional balance of power order unlikely.

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G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is coeditor of three other books from Cornell University Press: End of the West?: Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order, The State and American Foreign Economic Policy, and America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power. He is the author of Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American System and After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (winner of the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award given by the American Political Science Association).

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"As the US diminishes its investment in the global public good by acting unilaterally, so others may feel the sting of American power more strongly. In a telling essay by Josef Joffe, in the book edited by G. John Ikenberry, America Unrivaled, we are reminded that primacy does not come cheap, and that the price is measured not just in dollars and cents, but above all in the currency of obligation. A truly 'great' power must do more than merely deny others the reason and opportunity to challenge or balance it. . . . This book deserves to be read."―Christopher Coker, Times Literary Supplement, May 23, 2003

"This volume taps realist, liberal, and constructivist scholarship to deliver a number of competing and complementary conclusions on the potential return to traditional great power politics. . . .This is highly valuable for both its theoretical insights and relevance to current discussions on US foreign policy."―Virginia Quarterly Review, 79:3

"This book is a fine effort to take stock of the nature of the post-Cold War international system and a worthy attempt to train academic theorizing on practical concerns."―Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs: Jan/Feb 2002.

"American Unrivaled contains the opinions of top thinkers on the critical question of how long America's unipolar power will last."―Joseph Nye, Harvard University

"John Ikenberry has assembled a fascinating collection of essays that examine how the rest of the world deals with America's dominating position in the global balance of power. The most striking feature of this impressive volume is how little agreement there is among the different authors."―John J. Mearsheimer , University of Chicago

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