The Rise and Fall of the Failed-State Paradigm

By Michael J. Mazarr – From a third angle, however, it could be seen as a solution to an unusual concern confronting U.S. policymakers in this era: what to do with a surplus of national power.

The United States entered the 1990s with a dominant international position and no immediate threats. Embracing a substantially reduced U.S. global role would have required a fundamental reassessment of the prevailing consensus in favor of continued primacy, something few in or around the U.S. national security establishment were prepared to consider.

Ever since World War II, the United States has labored mightily to underwrite the stability of the international system. more>

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