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Should the US Be a Status Quo Power or a Revolutionary Power?

After the Unipolar Moment
Policy Dialogue Brief
February 2007

One of the defining characteristics of the current international order has been the dominant position of the United States, which wields a power that is without historic precedent. Yet it seems that the rapid pace of change and growing complexity of the world has undercut US influence—its ability to bring about the outcomes it seeks.

On February 26-28, 2007, the Stanley Foundation and the International Institute
for Strategic Studies (IISS) hosted a conference, “After the Unipolar Moment: Should the US Be a Status Quo Power or a Revolutionary Power?” to discuss these issues. Participants came together in Warrenton, Virginia, as part of a larger project seeking to assess the changing role of the United States in the world. At this first in a series of meetings, participants were asked to take stock of the international order, examine how the system’s sustainability can be bolstered against inherent pressures, and identify strategic objectives for the United States to help it navigate these new realities.

This publication is part of the After the Unipolar Moment project.

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