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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire:

The new global order

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This Debate

Cory Doctorow, Michael Goldfarb, Shirley Williams. Katie Derham hosts.

Some in Europe are pleased to see America’s wings clipped. But are we witnessing the decline of an empire that led the world through the 20th century? Will a post-American world be a new era in global affairs, or leave us facing a more unstable and dangerous future?

The Panel

Former NPR London Correspondent and Bureau Chief Michael Goldfarb, Social Democratic Party founder Baroness Shirley Williams and novelist and activist Cory Doctorow imagine a changed world.

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  • Michael Goldfarb
    The Pitch
    America is changing but remains dominant
  • Shirley Williams
    The Pitch
    Without America, there'd be a descent into chaos
  • Cory Doctorow
    The Pitch
    Imperialsm of the elite
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    The decline of power
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Good Guy America
  • The Debate
    Theme Three
    A world without America
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misk on 22/11/2013 12:10pm

I think your argument is flawed and not thought through – who put an end to the Bosnia crisis? America, not the EU. Who ended WWII? America, not the EU. The world needs America and its military power to ensure peace is maintained. If, and I say if very reluctantly, the American empire were to lose its grip, it would be unlikely to be the EU that took its place. China would be much more likely, especially with its rising defense budgets. But this is not in the forseeable future and at any rate, decline of power would NOT be a good thing.

jp1989 on 21/11/2013 5:48pm

The demise of the United States as the global superpower could come far more quickly than anyone imagines. As Michael points out, history shows us that empires are fragile; when things start to go bad, empires regularly unravel at great speed. The USA’s global leadership is definately slipping. Perhaps it will open the stage open for the European Union, who are much more internationally-minded, and I would argue that this is a good thing.

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