In Joseph Nye’s Article, “The Future of American Power”, he claims America will continue to be a successful and powefulr nation for many decades to come. Nye states that America, China, and Europe are the main economic powers in the world today. He believes America will not gain or lose any power on the other two countries between now and 2050. We will address 3 areas that might weaken American power. Three factors we believe might cause America to fall to China the other leading power are education, death of the petrodollar, and war on Syria. These are three very important and relevant issues in our country today. If drastic changes in one or all of these issues do not happen, America could fall to another country and lose all her power. Education is a key component to America’s future success. Other countries are investing huge amounts of resources into their education systems and if the U.S. does not follow suit we will continue to decline. In recent years, China and other prominent foreign countries are graduating almost double the college students in America. We also scored 16th out of 23 industrialized nations when last tested. The United States is failing its citizens by not giving them a proper education. This could be due to lack of federal funds, non-qualified teachers, lower testing standards or several other factors. Without a higher education, young Americans will lose job opportunities to foreign students who are more qualified for the job. The unemployment rates are skyrocketing in the U.S. right now and if the government does not stop it we may never catch up to foreign competitors. The U.S. may fall far behind other countries in modern medicine and technology if foreign countries keep producing more educated citizens. This could cause a global crisis and make us more dependent on them for trade and resources. The petrodollar is a U.S. dollar earned by a country through the sale of its oil to another country. During the 1970’s, the U.S. and almost all other countries agreed to have the trade of oil be backed by the American currency. The Federal Reserve would then take gold from other countries and give them American printed currency in exchange. Over the years, a high demand for the U.S. dollar for trade has given America much power over other countries. This power has come from the fact that we have not had any restrictions on how much money we could print and now the U.S. dollar makes up 60 percent of all foreign currencies in the world. Recently, China has secretly agreed with many of its allies to change their foreign trade currency to gold. This would weaken the U.S. dollar considerably and even more importantly throw our economy into a downward spiral. Oil is the only thing that has kept the American currency from losing its value for so long. There are conspiracies about how America has gone to war with recent countries such as Iraq, Lebanon and now possibly Syria because they were trying to do the same thing China is trying to do. If the petrodollar is changed from the U.S. dollar to gold our economy could fall into the hands of China or another leading country. The war on Syria is a hot topic at hand today. President Obama has stated he is willing to try democratic action before using military force. There is speculation that Syria will use nuclear or chemical warfare on their people. This is a threat to all those in that area, but we are not sure why America wants to step in and take control of the situation. All we know, there are going to be several repercussions if we do. Syria is surrounded by Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. If war starts in Syria then these surrounding countries will be affected as well and they might have no choice but to join the war as well. Oil prices will go up in America if this war begins. This will also cost the U.S. billions of more dollars and the war on Iraq already cost us more than $1 trillion. Our
Foreign Policy has been changed, adapted, and transformed many times over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in fact a cause of that would be America’s early isolation, Imperialism, Spanish-American War (USA’s involvement in Latin Affairs), World War I; three different presidents’ Taft, Roosevelt, Wilson. One major cause of the change in Foreign Policy in the U.S. is America’s isolation, the rise of imperialism, and anti-imperialistic views. America’s Foreign Policy is…
For almost two and a half centuries, the role of the United States as a world power has continually risen and ebbed. America’s part as guarantor of international solidity raises the question whether an empire can operate effectually under anti-imperial grounds. Moritz Julius Bonn wrote in 1947,"The United States have been the cradle of modern Anti-Imperialism and at the same time the founding of a mighty empire". World power is defined by a nation, organization, or institution so powerful that it is…
18 March 2013
America dealing with Asian and Latin American nations in these years were shaped by both economic and ideological considerations (Enduring Vision, 664). US policy makers wanted to expand corporate America’s access to foreign markets. Many US action’s underscored Washington’s growing determination to assert US power and protect US business interests in Latin America and Asia (666).
Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency followed European…
being answered: Does the rise of china and India pose a threat to the American power
Tutor name: Daniel Ringuet
Since the early stages of the 1940 America has risen to power and stayed in power. To date America is considered the only true world super power. In the past the Roman Empire, Greek and Egyptian were all very dominating but even then there were challenging dynasty so they can’t be called a ‘super power’. In today’s society the world has two more economies forcing their way to the…
was the Spanish-American War a turning point in the development of American foreign policy?
The Spanish-American War of 1898 could be seen as the pivotal point in foreign policy as it marks America’s first engagement with a foreign enemy in the dawning age of modern warfare however, one could also argue that the idea had always existed in American politics.
Until the end of the nineteenth century, American foreign policy essentially followed the guidelines laid down by George Washington, in…
The political differences between Wilson and Lodge, Wilson’s long-standing resentment toward Lodge, and Wilson’s refusal to include Republicans in America’s party at the peace conference in Paris are three reasons why the Treaty was not ratified in America. Wilson and Lodge were at odds politically. Wilson was very intent on what he wanted the Treaty of Versailles to be, while Lodge and other reservationists had proposed several changes. “Epilogue: The Legacy of the League” states, “The longstanding…
maintaining independence, tranquility, peace, safety, prosperity religion and liberty. He was concerned about the Union being threatened by a rise of political parties attempting to undermine the Constitution's separation of powers and foreign policy at the expense of America's best interests. This “open letter” from the President played a unique role in the shaping of America.
In 1796 George Washington, during the end of his second term, prepared an “open letter” announcing…
projection of political power throughout these two historical periods. By comparing, the Bretton Woods period and the Contemporary period, it can be determined that the US projects its political power on the global political economy.
Before understanding the role of the US in the global political economy…
Stephen M. Walt
...he United States has been the
dominant world power since 1945,
and U.S. leaders have long sought
to preserve that privileged position. They
understood, as did most Americans, that
primacy brought important benefits. It
made other states less likely to threaten
America or its vital interests directly. By
dampening great-power competition and
giving Washington the capacity to shape regional balances of power, primacy contributed to a more tranquil international environment. That…
Drivers of U.S. Foreign Policy Response Paper: 4100A
MAJ Keith Bell, USA
LtCol Curtright, USMC
Dr. Eric Shibuya
Dr. Matthew Flynn
21 September 2014
Since its emergence as a superpower, America has embraced foreign policy that originated from Woodrow Wilson's idealistic view of world peace through a democratic world order. Wilson set this precedence by recognizing that Americans did not see themselves as citizens of an ordinary nation. He knew that Americans would consider…