World Leadership: Divided Between Cultures, Not Between Countries

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World leadership: divided between cultures, not between countries
Since the end of World War II, the United States of America has emerged as the newest form of empire, and has been in conflict with various types of nations, despite the fact it has never been in the position of actually defending its geographical territories. Many do not contest the fact that America is a new form of empire; yet, its actions and policy towards exercising world leadership are questioned and criticized. Charles Krauthammer (2003) argues that America has the right to this leadership because it is the only superpower with the ability to maintain peace and extend democracy in its purest form. Even though agreeing with Krauthammer that America has a certain
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162). Moreover, America has focused too much on forced implementation of democracy around the world, which has contributed to its incapacity to exercise world leadership.
It is true that the end of the Cold War has shaper a unipolar world in which many countries aspired to the American dream, but the 9/11 events have revealed American interests in the Middle East, and consequently have reshaped the world’s centers of power. Krauthammer (2003) believes America has the power to control the world if it chooses so because it was given the tools for such actions: “The choice is ours. […] History has given you an empire, if you will keep it” (p. 155). However, Ferguson brings solid arguments that America does not have the power to provide sustainable support for its military and economic power because it lacks the capacity to provide human capital to control these two powers. Even though American has the power to exercise world leadership, it cannot do so because it does not have the right tools.
Ferguson’s main and most powerful argument is in the same time, one of the weaknesses of his assertion because even though he argues that human capital import reflects in a low capacity of controlling military and economic supremacy, Ferguson fails to use an important aspect of culture. For example, Samuel Huntington (1993) observed an
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