The U.S. may be the world's only superpower today, but Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria says it won't last. In his new book, "The Post-American World," Zakaria says the U.S. ignores the rise of nations like China and India and a developing global marketplace at its own risk.
This week, Word for Word features a May 27 speech by Fareed Zakaria, where he examined what he calls "the rise of the rest" at the Commonwealth Club of California.
"We have grown in Washington fat and dumb and happy and arrogant. We believe as Americans that competition helps with everything; everybody is bettered by competition. Well, the United States has had the field to itself for the last 20 years and it has made us very smug and very arrogant."
Is Zakaria accurate in his assessment of American attitudes toward the rest of the world? Have American politicians taken for granted our nation's long-time status as a super-power? What policies should the United States adapt in order to have better relationships with countries it may have either clashed with or taken for granted in the past?
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