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This year, one of the conclusions that such reflection yields is that the United States remains firmly at the center of the liberal world order. Another is that the U.S. needs to do more to lead in the way that its international standing demands.Doubts about America's continued global leadership have been proliferating for years. But, though the much-discussed multi-polar world order may well be in the cards, the reality is that, for now, efforts to address global challenges – from climate change to conflict in the Middle East – demand U.S. engagement.The key is engagement – among branches of the U.S. government, between the U.S. government and the public, and between the U.S. and the rest of the world.Even in America's highly divisive political atmosphere, it seems, where there is a will, there is a way.America's next president must also improve engagement with citizens, whose widespread disaffection constrains – or allows – U.S. leaders to pursue a weak foreign policy. Only this approach can secure the mandate from the public that the next U.S. president will need in order to engage effectively with other world leaders.
American power without wisdom, a risky road
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