Thursday, December 5, 2013
- US outspends everyone else in defense
- Sources of US might
In 1916, the US controlled roughly 11% of the world's naval power. That is an
impressive number that ranked US third.
UK controlled 34%
In 2011, the US controlled roughly 50%.
Russia controls 11%
○ Largest economy
Highest per capita income in the world
China continues to grow in world economy
○ Soft power
Cultural, intellectual, lifestyle influence of a country
- USA is every form of power is far in the lead, not since the Russian Empire
- What to do with this power?
○ Realist view: Promote and defend national interest
○ Idealist view: Promote and defend democracy and liberty and economic freedom
Syria and Afghanistan
- Traditions in US foreign policy
○ Washington's Farewell Address
Avoid foreign entanglements
Always an exaggeration, US always has had foreign policy
US was gradually sucked into WWI