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Managing American Hegemony: Essays of Power In a Time of Dominance By Kori N. Schake.

STANFORD, Calif. -- Questions about the about the United States' position of power in the 21st century are examined in depth in Managing American Hegemony: Essays on Power in a Time of Dominance, by Hoover research fellow Kori Schake (Hoover Institution Press, 2009).

Among the many compelling questions she addresses are "Why is the United States' power so threatening?" "Is it sustainable?" "Does military force still matter?" "How can we revise current practices to reduce the U.S. cost of managing the system?" "What accounts for the United States' stunning success in the round of globalization that swept across the international order at the end of the twentieth century?"

Schake's insightful study focuses on why U.S. power is so predominant in the international order, whether it's likely to remain so, and how to revise current practices to reduce the U.S. cost of managing the system.

She also offers suggestions on issues the next president should focus on to build an even stronger foundation of U.S. power.

Schake writes candidly about the challenges facing the United States, noting that U.S. power as a commodity is "substantially undervalued Undervalued

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 and that the market does not yet seem to have noticed. Why is that? Partly because the short-term indicators look dicey." Some of those indicators include the long-term slide in the might of the dollar, the rising flood of government debt, U.S. choices on responses to terrorism Responses to terrorism are broad in scope. They can include re-alignments of the political spectrum and reassessments of fundamental values. The term counter-terrorism has a narrower connotation, implying that it is directed at terrorist actors.  (which have often shocked allies), and lack of clarity about the direction for the military.

She concludes that the United States has succeeded internationally for reasons deeply rooted in the political culture of the country, namely, tolerance of risk and failure, veneration of individual initiative, encouragement of immigration immigration, entrance of a person (an alien) into a new country for the purpose of establishing permanent residence. Motives for immigration, like those for migration generally, are often economic, although religious or political factors may be very important. , fewer constraints on social and economic mobility than most other countries, and--critically--a malleable, absorptive definition of itself.

Kori N. Schake is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Military Academy United States Military Academy, at West Point, N.Y.; for training young men and women to be officers in the U.S. army; founded and opened in 1802. The original act provided that the Corps of Engineers stationed at West Point should constitute a military academy, but  at West Point, New York West Point is a federal military base (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Highland Falls in Orange County, New York, United States. The population was 7,138 at the 2000 census. . She has also worked on the National Security Council, the Policy Planning Staff The Policy Planning Staff (sometimes referred to as the Policy Planning Council or by its inhouse acronym: "S/P") is the chief strategic arm of the U.S. Department of State. It was created in 1947 by renowned Foreign Service officer George F.  at the Department of State, the Office of the Secretary of Defense The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is part of the United States Department of Defense and includes the entire staff of the Secretary of Defense. It is the principal staff element of the Secretary of Defense in the exercise of policy development, planning, resource , and the Joint Staff. During the 2008 presidential campaign, she was senior policy adviser to John McCain.

Managing American Hegemony: Essays of Power

In a Time of Dominance

By Kori N. Schake

Hoover Institution Press

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