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The Paradox of American PowerWhy the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone$
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Joseph S. Nye

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195161106.001.0001

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The American Colossus

The American Colossus

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(p.1) 1 The American Colossus
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The Paradox of American Power
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Joseph S. Nye (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/0195161106.003.0001

The U.S. security policy needs to be based on a proper appreciation of the roots of the nation's superpower status, which recognizes the contribution of “soft” (economic and cultural) power to the defense of a balanced world system, which would preclude the formation of peer competitors or an anti‐U.S. consensus. This chapter assesses the potential of China, Japan, Russia, India and the European Union to challenge U.S. hegemony, or to contribute to such a challenge.

Keywords:   balance of power, foreign policy, soft power, strategic competition, U.S.A

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