The way the world views the US has been debated as an issue of national and transnational importance. Why does it matter? Because of the unique status the United States has as a democratic government, as a nation of other nations, and as a commercial and industrial leader.
After World War II, the US emerged as a global leader, a status it maintained throughout the Cold War Era. The Bretton Woods institutions were established, and continued to dominated even in the aftermath of the fall of the Soviet Union. However, questions about the role of the World Bank and the WTO surfaced, and tensions exploded after the US entered the Iraq War. In the 2000s, the US lost much of its support abroad.
Is this situation different now? Is the new presidency signaling a return for American power? And why does this even matter?
A friend who visited Japan returned with Japaneses Obama pastries, told me that teenagers there were head over heels just to see the president on TV. And I remember that during the campaign, the European host of the MTV Awards pleaded for the American public to elect Barack Obama.
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