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 the 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Kagan makes another important observation which is that territorial conquest is outdated due to the digital world and advanced communications.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. Kagan makes it clear 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. The author should have named this book “The World America Helped Shape” in order to give credit to a wide coalition of contributing countries over the past several decades.
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