Is the American Empire in Decline?
Nina Hachigian is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. Based in Los Angeles, she is the co-author of The Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise (Simon & Schuster, 2008). She focuses on great power relationships, international institutions, and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to American Progress, Hachigian was a senior political scientist at RAND Corporation and served as the director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy for four years. Before RAND, she had an international affairs fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations during which she researched the Internet in China. From 1998 to 1999, Hachigian was on the staff of the National Security Council in the White House.
Hachigian has published numerous reports, book chapters, and journal articles, including essays in Foreign Affairs and The Washington Quarterly as well as op-ed pieces appearing in the The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the South China Morning Post, among others. Her earlier book was The Information Revolution in Asia (RAND, 2003). She has been a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher," Fox News, CNN International, the "Tavis Smiley Show," and "All Things Considered." She is on the board of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Affairs at Stanford University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Hachigian received her B.S. from Yale University and her J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Nina Hachigan: We certainly aren’t living up to our potential. But- and I might dispute whether we are an empire or not. I know there’s a big debate about that. I don’t think we need to go there, but we need to be leading in a different way. We need to be leading- let’s put it that way. We are not leading the world, as it is. We’ve really been the big detractor in the international system and, if we wanna continue to thrive, we have to lead in a different way and we have to get our act together at home. And I think those are the two real key things that we have to do differently. But the issue of whether we are declining is semantic in some ways, to me. I mean, if you think of power as a relative concept, then of course as China and India and Russia, and even Japan and Europe, gain more power, we are going to have relatively less than they do. But I don’t think that’s the key question. I think the key question is, so what does that matter for the United States? How will that affect American security and prosperity, and our way of life? Because, the fact is that the lives of these other powers can actually be good for the United States in many ways.
Is the American Empire in decline?