Stratfor Article: “Beyond the Post-Cold War World”

Interesting article by George Friedman, Founder and Chairman of Stratfor, which highlights the importance, and feebleness, of the balance of power:

“The greatest military power in the world has the ability to defeat armies. But it is far more difficult to reshape societies in America’s image. A Great Power manages the routine matters of the world not through military intervention, but through manipulating the balance of power. The issue is not that America is in decline. Rather, it is that even with the power the United States had in 2001, it could not impose its political will — even though it had the power to disrupt and destroy regimes — unless it was prepared to commit all of its power and treasure to transforming a country like Afghanistan. And that is a high price to pay for Afghan democracy.”

“There are new phases in history, but not new world orders. Economies rise and fall, there are limits to the greatest military power and a Great Power needs prudence in both lending and invading.”

Friedman, George. “Beyond the Post-Cold War World.” Stratfor. Stratfor.com, 02 Apr. 2013. Web. 02 Apr. 2013. <http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/beyond-post-cold-war-world&gt;.
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