American Power and the World Order

Editor's Note: Robert Kagan discusses U.S. power, globalization and his recent book, The World America Made, in an interview with C-SPAN "Q&A."

C-SPAN: Robert Kagan is the author of The World America Made. Where’d you come up with that title?

ROBERT KAGAN: It came to me in the middle of the night. I don’t know. I was looking for a title to try and describe this book and I was having a hard time. But it’s basically that the world order that we live in today was created almost entirely by American power and influence after World War II. So it’s a different kind of world order than preceded the United States. If the United States declines, we’ll have a different world order again. 

C-SPAN: I know it takes a long time to write a book and also to get it published. When did you start this book?

KAGAN: Well this one was actually pretty quick. I probably started in the spring of 2011 and then I submitted it to the published in November. They turned it around very quickly. 

C-SPAN: First time we heard anything about it I think was in The New Republic. This isn’t the actual magazine, but it’s a copy of the cover. You are the cover. There are lots of pages devoted to it. How did it get into The New Republic before it was published? 

KAGAN: Well, my dear friend Leon Wieseltier, I had been talking to him about the book for a while. He wanted to run with it in The New Republic as kind of a serial before the book came out and I was happy to do it and it turned out to be a very good idea.

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