The title, borrowed from the front cover of the December issue of Foreign Affairs, reflects a pervasive theme in public and professional discussion: America’s decline. A standard corollary is “the rising power of China,” considered by a large plurality of academics and policymakers to be the most alarming prospect facing the country. The decline is real. It traces back to the peak of US power after World War II, and China has been a central concern throughout, often evoking considerable paranoia, now as well.
A more sober assessment suggests that US global dominance is likely to be long-lasting, though it can be undermined, not least by self-inflicted wounds, as has been happening for a generation, along with the erosion of domestic civil liberties and even the foundations of Anglo-American law. Lunch will be provided.