The World America Made by Robert Kagan is about the constantly
evolving changes in the world order and the projection of power by the
major players, as well as small coalitions of countries which can
act cooperatively to achieve economic or geopolitical ends.
Kagan presents a world which has been at relative peace between the
major superpowers since the conclusion of the Cold War and the
substantial victory with regard to the War on Terror.
The author explains how America is strategically located far away
from the political hot spots across the globe. In addition, America's
strengths are seen in its tremendous resources, borderlines on
the Atlantic/Pacific oceans and success with democratic processes.
Despite some complaining from competing corners of the world,
America is well tolerated.
Kagan makes another important observation which is that territorial
conquest is outdated due to the digital world and advanced
communications. The author uses the phrase "The New
Enlightenment" to describe the direction things are taking.
The author explains that major wars are started when there are
doubts about which powers project more force. In today's
world, there are no major doubts except for countries on
the fringes of the global economic and geopolitical order.
The book explains that the major challenges ahead are to sustain
and build upon the current order in the world. This is no small task
but he believes that America and other coalitions of countries are
up to accomplishing the task.
The World America Made by Robert Kagan is an important book
about America's role in the world, as well as the opportunities of
smaller coalitions of countries to prosper as a result of mutual
economic and political cooperation. The presentation is easy to
read and it is directed to a wide audience in government, industry
and the general public.
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