Summary of Superpower

Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

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In foreign affairs, America must choose a new way forward.


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US taxpayers have grown weary of messy, expensive wars, so which foreign policy course should the world’s one superpower take? Political consultant, author and lecturer Ian Bremmer offers a thoughtful look at the possibilities. After laying out his view of the new geopolitical landscape, he proposes three scenarios. The first is for the United States to pull back from foreign entanglements and refocus on domestic issues. The second, “Moneyball America,” calls for a practical, flexible approach to foreign policy. The third positions the US as global policeman. getAbstract – while always politically neutral – recommends Bremmer’s analysis to international businesspeople, NGOs, political scientists, investors, and readers seeking a cogent description of US international relations and their implications.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the US’s role in the world has changed
  • How America might best adapt to changing global realities
  • What three choices the US faces as a superpower


A Confused Superpower
Will America, after debacles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, retreat into isolationism? Will it continue as the world’s policeman, no matter the cost? Or will it pursue a middle ground and wage war only after careful calculation? The answer is unclear. In 2015, ...
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About the Author

Ian Bremmer is president and founder of Eurasia Group, a consulting firm. The author of nine books, including The End of the Free Market, he’s a columnist for Time magazine.

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