While some policymakers want to use us supremacy to resist multilateralism and the rule of law, the lesson of history is that even powerful states—and certainly a unipolar America—gain advantage by supporting and operating within an international system of rules and institutions.
America and the Ambivalence of Power
G. John Ikenberry, a Current History contributing editor, is a professor of government at Georgetown University. His recent publications include After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (Princeton, 2001), an edited volume, America Unrivaled: The Future of the Balance of Power (Cornell, 2002), and International Relations Theory and the Asia Pacific (Columbia, 2003). He is currently a Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
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G. John Ikenberry; America and the Ambivalence of Power. Current History 1 November 2003; 102 (667): 377–382. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2003.102.667.377
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