The Unipolar Moment- Charles Krauthammer
• after Cold War, assumptions made (23)
o the old bipolar world would beget a multipolar world with power dispersed to new
centers in Japan, Germany, China, and a diminished Russia
o the domesticAmerican consensus for an internationalist foreign policy, a consensus
radically weakened by the experience in Vietnam, would substantially be restored now
that policies and debates inspired “an ordinate fear of communism” could be safely
o in the new post-Soviet strategic environment the threat of war would be dramatically
o all were wrong
• immediate post-Cold War world was unipolar U.S.A.
o Britain and France not up to military prowess as U.S.
o Soviet Union in rapid decline
o Germany and Japan economically successful
o economic power alone ≠ geopolitical influence
o U.S. had military, diplomatic, political, and economic influence
o did America challenge Iraq’s regional hegemony?
o is it the United Nations that has international power? or the United States
o “True multilateralism involves a genuine coalition of coequal partners of comparable
strength and stature… pseudo-multilateralism: a dominant great power acts essentially
alone, but, embarrassed at the idea and still worshipping at the shrine of collective
security, recruits a