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I would argue that the largest trend today is the decline of American influence. Not the decline of American power – the country remains economically and militarily in a league of its own – but a decline of its desire and capacity to use that power to shape the world. The current administration seems intent on dismantling America's great achievements – as it is doing with the World Trade Organization – or to simply be uninterested in setting the global agenda. And this erosion of America's global leadership is already causing other countries to adjust.A decade ago, I described a "post-American world," brought on not by the decline of America, but by the "rise of the rest". That world is indeed coming to fruition because other countries are prospering, but the changes are being dramatically accelerated by the Trump administration's foolish and self-defeating decision to abdicate America's global influence – something that has taken more than 70 years to build.
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