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Moving America from the Troubled Superpower to the Indispensable Partner
What a ride the world has been on over the last thirty years: the fall of the Berlin Wall, China’s reemergence as a major power, the wishful creation of the BRICS, technological innovations, 9/11, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, terrorism, the market crash of 2008, the Arab Spring, the Eurozone crisis, America’s reemergence as an energy giant, the rebirth of czarist Russia, and the presidency of Donald Trump. The most important change, though—and the key to America’s future, despite Trump’s views—is globalization.
The Trump administration looks at foreign policy as a cutthroat competition that views the world as a zero-sum arena of economic combat. In The Joint Ventured Nation, author Edward Goldberg explains why this view is fanciful at best and totally lacks any understanding of how globalization has changed America and the world in the last fifty years.
Placing globalization within a larger historical, geopolitical and economic context, Goldberg demonstrates how an America First foreign policy is based on a world that no longer exists. He details how America’s fate is now intertwined with our economic globalized partners such as Europe and China. And he looks at how we should deal with states like Russia that have rejected globalization. Goldberg also looks at America’s allies in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and Israel and questions whether America’s commitments in the region need to be seriously reevaluated. But most importantly he explains why the US role in the international arena has evolved from that of the “indispensible nation” to that of an “indispensible partner”—and how America can remain first among equals in a joint ventured world.