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In 1991, the United States was the only global superpower. It seemed that the 21st century, like the 20th, would belong to America. Then came the stock market bubble, the costly foreign unilateralism of the younger Bush presidency, and the financial catastrophe of 2008. Meanwhile, China was rising and the Middle East was awakening politically. Today it is clear that America is vulnerable—to domestic and international decline and unregulated greed.

Speaking from decades of experience, Brzezinski considers the implications of the changing distribution of global power, ponders why America’s global appeal is waning, speculates on the likely geopolitical consequences if America declines by 2025 (will China assume America’s central role in world affairs?), and describes a vision of a resurgent America: responsive to challenges, strategically deliberate, and historically enlightened in its global engagement with the new East.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ita Leah | 2/3/2014

    " A must read for anyone interested in global issues "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by David Hoof | 2/1/2014

    " Brzezinski entirely ignores the dangers posed by Jared Diamond in collapse,and fails to account for three unavoidable factors that have nothing to do with international politics. The first is the inevitable effects of global warming in at least the next fifty years, and the growing dearth of conventional argibusiness, and food shortages, famines and riots. The second is the interactive effects of a decrease in available potable water, and its collateral effect on the rise and spread of pandemic diseases, an inevitable cycle in human history recorded by the University of Chicago's William McNeill in his book Plagues and People. The third failure is the refusal to account for the inability of any nation, however militarily strong, to score economic victory in a global economy where the fates of all nations and currrencies are interconnected. Additional shortcomings are failures to recognize, as Einstein did, the inevitability of proliferation of uranium-235 gun-type nuclear weapons, the creation of antibiotic resistance bioweapons and credible attacks on cyber-controlled infrastructure. Overall, Brzezinski's crystal ball is as clouded as was Herman Kahn's in his 1960 On Thermonuclear War. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randi Buros | 1/17/2014

    " Still a devotee of realism, his prescription however sounds uncomfortably like a white man's burden. Not as idealistic as a neocon, nor as unilateral, yet I often worried what the next paragraph might bring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Skip | 1/16/2014

    " Great insight. Zibig provides a good, solid brief history of global politics and international affairs. He then jumps quickly to analyzing the status of the US in the context of current affairs, including a good section on the influence of social media. He also uses a number of charts and graphs that are easily understood, and concludes with a good assessment of where the US is today in the new environment which is post Cold War, post bi-polar. He acknowledges the waning power of the West in the global community and the rising challenge of the East, especially China. He is clear that the US must forge a new strategy in the face of this dramatically changing environment in order to hold its own. "

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About the Author
Author Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski served as national security adviser to President Carter from 1977 to 1981. He is the author of a number of books, including The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives and The Choice: Global Domination or Global Leadership.