The battle for world leadership
Marwan Bishara,aljazeera.com

Starting with the United States of America. The US is the world’s leading economy and its greatest military power, with a “soft power” dominating the globe.

But the US share of the global economy fell from half to less than fifth since the end of World War II. And US influence has declined sharply since the end of the Cold War, notably since its reckless 2003 invasion of Iraq and the 2008 financial crisis.

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