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The Future of American Power

How America Can Survive the Rise of the Rest

Author: Fareed Zakaria, Host, CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS
May/June 2008
Council on Foreign Relations

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Despite some eerie parallels between the position of the United States today and that of the British Empire a century ago, there are key differences. Britain's decline was driven by bad economics. The United States, in contrast, has the strength and dynamism to continue shaping the world -- but only if it can overcome its political dysfunction and reorient U.S. policy for a world defined by the rise of other powers.

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