December 02, 2002
Decline and fall of the American Empire

What? Europe challenge America's hegemony? Charles Kupchan has his ideas.

The questions he raises are interesting though: Do we really want to govern Iraq for the next 10 years? While we're pouring a conspicuous share of our national budget into the military to build nations and police the world, Europe (and Asia) are devoting theirs to building their economies. But will Europe coalesce ideologically as it has done economically in order to successfully stand up to American dominance?

Posted by tmonkey at December 02, 2002 12:38 PM
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I think the short answer to the last question is no, because I've never met a European who ever thought of themselves as a European. To be sure, if anything, genuine ideological movements (as opposed to economic ones) run contra: flems vs. french in belgium, a suddenly nationalist holland, and remember yugoslavia?

just asking. From seattle.

Posted by: Kevin Slavin on December 2, 2002 08:27 PM

Though you could argue that anti-Americanism binds Europeans together like nothing else. I'm not sure how far that will go towards actually constructively unifying Europe, but it's startling the think of the day when Europe joins the US as a superpower, then followed by Russia and China. How will unilateral agendas fare in such a dance?

Posted by: tmonkey on December 2, 2002 11:44 PM
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