Taking a look around the pundit arena, it’s no longer really a question of whether or not the US is losing its influence on the global stage – it’s more a question of how quickly and deeply it is happening.
This changing of the guard at global leadership of course does not have any presumed outcomes, and it is unclear what or who is going to take its place, but the perceived American decline has major ramifications for the rest of the world, how we structure our social and economic relationships, and how we manage disputes and crises.
This process, which was well underway before the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, has recently been accelerated in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, according to a number of observers.
In this episode of Departures, I was very pleased to have the chance to speak with authors Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon. In addition to debating these recent trends regarding how a fractured international system is responding to the coronavirus outbreak, Alexander and Dan also were able to share some insights featured in their new book, “Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order.”
I very much enjoyed their book and highly recommend that listeners pick up a copy. Have a listen to our chat below, and be sure to subscribe and leave reviews on your podcast app of choice.