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In his new book, Is the American Century Over?, world renowned foreign policy analyst, Joseph Nye, tackles that big question and concludes that theories of U.S. decline may be premature. He argues that while America’s super power status is being challenged by the “rise of the rest” and other realities, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are entering a post-American world. And Wilson Center President Jane Harman proposes that it might be more accurate to think of America as the “indispensable partner” instead of as the “indispensable nation.”

Their discussion provides the focus for this edition of REWIND.


Jane Harman, Director, President and CEO, Wilson Center

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Author, Political Scientist, and former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University