Robert Lieber is Professor of Government at Georgetown University and a former Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

In the mid-1980s predictions were rife that American power was headed for inevitable decline. Two reasons were generally cited for this expectation: the continuing tensions of the Cold War were straining America's resources, and American industry was succumbing to a relentless Japanese challenge. By century's end, both of these views were passé. Indeed the collapse of the Soviet Union and America's leadership in economic globalization ushered in an unprecedented era of economic, military, political, and cultural global hegemony for the United States. Robert Lieber sees no realistic challenge to this status for decades, and proposes a course of action set upon the confident projection of power.