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The Paradox of American PowerWhy the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone$
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Joseph S. Nye

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195161106.001.0001

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The Paradox of American Power

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A key concern in U.S. security policy planning must be to identify the risks of moral and cultural decay from within, that could erode and destroy the sources of U.S. “soft” power, and thereby conduce toward a repetition of the fall of the Roman empire. This concern essentially involves U.S. self‐confidence in its values and institutions, and the preservation of America's social capital.

Keywords:   foreign policy, social capital, U.S.A

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