Kagan: ‘We are not in decline as a global power’
“The United States rose to become a great power and is not surrounded by other great powers,” said Robert Kagan, Tuesday’s morning lecturer, who spoke on the week’s theme of “Diplomacy.” Kagan, a veteran of the Department of State, now serves as senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution. “I apologize to Canada and Mexico, but [because of its geography], the United States has enjoyed enormous security in the region.”
Kagan traced the trajectory of America’s rise as a superpower in the past century, arguing that the intervention of the United States in World War I and World War II, as well as its hand in rebuilding Europe after those wars, has led to the peace that the world knows today. And this relatively peaceful world order, with the U.S. at the forefront, should not be taken for granted, he said.