RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 4members only

Goodbye America? Transatlantic Grand Strategy after the Financial Crisis


The latest narratives of American decline may have been overblown: the US still enjoys compelling economic strengths that underpin its strategic advantages

As China rises, the popular wisdom is that the US is in inexorable relative economic decline. A rapid loss of US power would affect the national-security interests of its close allies, particularly the UK. However, Doug Stokes argues that America’s decline is not as pronounced as is commonly assumed. Even after the crisis, it remains, fundamentally, economically sound and its strategic power in important parts of the world means it retains the tools to manage a potential

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Doug Stokes

Senior Associate Fellow

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