American Empire: A Debate by Christopher Layne

By Christopher Layne

During this brief, available e-book Layne and Thayer argue the benefits and demerits of an American empire. With few, if any, competitors to its supremacy, the us has made an specific dedication to protecting and advancing its primacy on this planet. yet what precisely are some great benefits of American hegemony and what are the prices and disadvantages for this fledgling empire? After making their top situations for and opposed to an American empire, next chapters permit either authors to answer the main arguments offered through their rivals and current their very own counter arguments.

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There is also the wildcard of potential conflict over Taiwan. A war with Taiwan would retard China’s economic progress and scare neighboring states. The fact that China has so many territorial and other disputes with its major neighbors, Japan, India, Russia, and Vietnam, means that many countries see it as a threat and will want to ally with the United States against Chinese power. The rise of China is ripe for potential conflict with its neighbors, and this constitutes a big danger in international politics.

The Chinese do not respect human rights, including religious and political freedom. There is also the wildcard of potential conflict over Taiwan. A war with Taiwan would retard China’s economic progress and scare neighboring states. The fact that China has so many territorial and other disputes with its major neighbors, Japan, India, Russia, and Vietnam, means that many countries see it as a threat and will want to ally with the United States against Chinese power. The rise of China is ripe for potential conflict with its neighbors, and this constitutes a big danger in international politics.

27 That would be catastrophic, and so it is unacceptable to the Chinese. Thus, China’s economic interest requires it to fund the current account deficit of the United States. “The United States may be discovering what the British found in their imperial heyday,” Ferguson writes; that is, “If you are a truly powerful empire, you can borrow a lot of money at surprisingly reasonable rates. 28 Despite problems, the American economy is both huge and robust, and it continues to grow at healthy rates.

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