Dr Bruce Jones of the Brookings Institution joined us live to discuss the latest in this ongoing story. Jones’ new book, STILL OURS TO LEAD: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint. In it, he argues that American influence abroad is not waning, and that while individual actions taken by the U.S. (i.e. sanctions against Russia) may seem weak, there is a big difference between the perception of weakness and our enduring power as a leader. He examines the tension between the impulse to rival the U.S., and the incentives for restraint and cooperation among the rising powers. Both are alive and well, and that balance means problems can be solved and crises can be managed at roughly the same rate as when American dominance was unquestioned. Maintaining that balance is central to the question of whether we will live in a stable or unstable system in the period to come. But it just so happens that this challenge plays to America’s unique strength—its unparalleled ability to pull together broad and disparate coalitions for action. To succeed, America will have to adapt its leadership to new realities. Bruce Jones is a senior fellow and director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution, and a consulting professor at Stanford University. He has past experience in Middle East peace negotiations, crisis management in the Balkans, intergovernmental negotiations on security and transnational threats, and worked at the United Nations and at the World Bank. He is also chair of the NYU Center on International Cooperation.
His book is available on Amazon.com