November 2, 2020

THE WORLD: A Brief Introduction

Richard N. Haas

Americans may be described as experiencing high levels of globalization but having low levels of globality. We experience the benefits of an increasingly interconnected world, but in comparison with other cultures, we know little to nothing outside of ourselves—foreign languages are a forced subject, geographical knowledge is incredibly low, and we hate subtitles. Dr. Richard Haas makes the astute observation that a key factor in the decline of American influence is weak diplomatic efforts abroad underlined by weak civil understanding domestically. To address rising Chinese power accumulation, Russian aggression, Middle Eastern conflicts, and more, the US rebuild diplomatic relationships with allies to address the challenges threatening their mutual interests.

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