Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Can America Lead Again? — Yuen Yuen Ang

The US president-elect has advanced a vision of America that is back in charge of the liberal international order. But while that would go a long way toward enabling constructive competition with China, there is good reason to believe that [many] Americans do not want their country to lead again.…

Global leadership has enabled rising inequality, a consequence of which is social unrest.  Yuen Yuen Ang suggests that to regain global leadership the US must successfully address inequality and polarization.

This is a recipe for "uncertainty" internationally going forward since the "global leader" can't make up its mind, being caught between opposing internal forces in a conflict that has not yet been resolved — and with no resolution in sight. Internationally, this means an internal conflict between between Wilsonian and Jacksonian foreign policy 

So, can a President Biden reconcile the country and restore unity? 

Project Syndicate
Can America Lead Again?
Yuen Yuen Ang, Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

See also

Project Syndicate
America Is the New Center of Global Instability
Nouriel Roubini

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