Barry Buzan discusses A Leader without Followers? The United States in World Politics after Bush.
During the second half of the 20th century, the United States was without question an outstandingly successful leading power. It took over leadership of the West during the Second World War, and used that victory to bring Western Europe and Japan into the democratic sphere. It then led the West in the long and eventually successful struggle against the Soviet Union over whether industrial society would be organised on the principles of capitalist liberal democracy or centrally-planned totalitarianism.
Since the late 1990s, however, and very sharply since 2003, the US has in many ways become the enemy of its own 20th century project. It has increasingly downgraded, or rejected altogether, its commitment to multilateralism, and turned against many of the IGOs that it was instrumental in creating. It has retreated from leadership on trade, and lost ground as the undisputed financial leader- The Global Policy Institute
Barry Buzan is a Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, and honorary professor at the University of Copenhagen. He has published and broadcast extensively in the field of international relations.
David Carlton served for seventeen years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in International Studies at the University of Warwick. He previously held similar positions at what is now London Metropolitan University and at the Open University. He is author of five monographs on a range of topics involving British politics in the twentieth century and the West's response to terrorism; he is also co-editor of a further twenty-one volumes.
His best-known book is Anthony Eden: A Biography. He was widely published in various academic journals and his journalistic work has been published in The Times; The Daily Telegraph; The Spectator and The Listener. He has also appeared on various radio and television programmes including the BBC's Newsnight and Radio Free Europe.