Today's date:
Winter 1996

Half a Hegemon: America in the World Disorder

The American superpower is back in the saddle. Despite all that it could straighten out the post-Cold War disorder, United Nations has proven too unwieldy. Once again this century it has been up to America to wield its unique might and prestige to stop old world enmities from engulfing Europe.

While American leadership is making the world safe for tolerance and free markets abroad, however, the unfettered invisible hand and the media-soaked permissive culture at home are unraveling the social model that once stood behind America's global stature. Asian and European elites who once admired American society as the future now reject its laissez-faire formula as a recipe for social and moral chaos. America in their eyes has become a half-a-hegemon, part big stick and part weak reed.

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