At a recent Brookings event, Bruce Jones discussed his new paper, Largest Minority Shareholder in Global Order LLC: The Changing Balance of Influence and U.S. Strategy, and the evolving role of the United States in a new global order of developing democracies.
According to Jones, the increasing level of resources and diplomatic influence of newer players in the international stage constrains American power, although our nation remains the largest and most influential actor. There has indeed been a relative shift in the world’s balance of power, but debate should not center around whether U.S. influence is “up” or “down”; rather, the focus should be on what this shift means for the international system as a whole.
[The U.S. seeks] to portray Iran as a criminal enterprise, not just as another bad country but as a rogue state that is engaged in horrible crimes across the region.... We are moving from a position of accommodation to one of confrontation across multiple fronts.
There’s a very strong tendency in U.S. foreign policy to acknowledge and to congratulate for holding elections, even when those elections take place in a pretty unfair context.