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The US and the International Political System: What Model for the Future?

Matsievsky, Y. (Мацієвський Ю. В.) (2003) The US and the International Political System: What Model for the Future? Наукові записки НаУКМА. Серія «Політичні науки», 21. pp. 19-30.

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to discuss the negative effects of unipolarity both for the United States and the rest of the world. The main thesis here is as follows: the unipolar political system with the U.S in a dominant role of the U.S. can no longer be preferable nor profitable for the interests of either the U.S. or the rest of the International Community. Domestically, the cost of sustaining the role of the biggest superpower became too high in all major aspects of life within the U.S. These include the largest number of civilians lost as a result of September 11 attacks, an economic slowdown and a budget deficit, some restrictions of traditional freedoms, and a drift toward “the imperial presidency”. Internationally, the biggest challenge to the dominant role of the U.S. is a steady deterioration of the positive image of the country as a traditional democracy, and growing resentment toward U.S. led economic, political and cultural expansion in societies dominated by extremist religions and ideologies. Since U.S. foreign policy is predominantly driven by realist considerations, expectations for the nation‟s willingness for the transition to more interdependent and collective security has weak chances to succeed.On the contrary, “real politics” policies have already signaled their ineffectiveness, and if not changed to a consensual and cooperative security alternative, they could lead to a major confrontation most frightening for humanity to consider. The consequences of this “clash of civilizations” would be hard to predict. “Real politics” thinking is a legacy of the post cold war period and it must be changed for much more reflective, flexible and prudent policy-making mechanisms to allow for global survival and development in the 21st century.

Item Type: Article
Corporate Creators: Національний університет "Острозька академія" (The National University of Ostroh Academy)
Subjects: by fields of science > Politics
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Ірина Погончук
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2017 13:15
URI: http://eprints.oa.edu.ua/id/eprint/6123

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