The Post American World, by Fareed Zakaria and The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman

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As Americans we have to start to comprehend that the world around us is changing technologically, politically, and economically. In “The Last Superpower” an excerpt from the book The Post American World by Fareed Zakaria published in 2008. Zakaria emphasizes on these changes. Thomas Friedman the author of “The World is Flat” a piece from the book The World is Flat: A brief history of the twenty-first century published in 2005 also emphasizes on the same changes currently happening in the world. Zakaria and Friedman define these changes as globalization. The obvious common ground shared by both authors is their representation of globalization and the effects that it has and will continue to have on modern life. In contrast to sharing the…show more content…
He refers to a term used by Samuel Huntington to describe the shifting of powers in the world. Zakaria states that the international system is more accurately described by Samuel Huntington’s term “uni-multipolarity.”(Zakaria 413) The meaning in this is that in coming new world that there will be other countries that hold significant power with one superpower still remaining. Zakaria remains optimistic that the United States will still hold the spot as the most powerful country even as other countries rise, as long as the U.S. can accept the changes of no longer being the only country with power and learn to compromise with other countries in order to succeed in what he claims to be the post-American world. Zakaria shows concern for America if they are unable to adapt. He states “The irony is that the rise of the rest is a consequence of American ideas and actions.”(418) By that Zakaria means that that the United States has pushed for other countries to open up to new concepts concerning politics, trade, and technology and now that other countries have embraced these ideas and America failed to use its own advice. Overall, Zakaria has a realistic ideology of the effect globalization will have on The United States of America. On the other hand Friedman sees globalization as a flattening of the world, a level ground for all countries to compete for power, global knowledge, and advancement. His main emphasis is on the technology that we

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