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Although everyone has heard of the catchy phrase I think very few people know what the new world order stands for Depending on who you talk to definitions range from type of government structure to economic policy to leadership role in international affairs It seems to me that the new world order has never been defined in concrete terms Therefore it has become a catch all expression which encompasses many different ideas I think the slogan is societys attempt to classify a wide range of recent events Change seems to be the underlying factor that links all these ideas together I believe the US will continue to hold the world leadership role I agreed with the point brought up in Chapter One Selection One p 19 by John Makin Basically he said that the US still has great absolute power even though power measured relative to other countries has seemed to decline There was a power vacuum following World War II so it seems logical that in the 50 or so years since then power would become more equally distributed The fact that Japan and Germany have recovered from almost complete ruin doesnt mean that the US is headed down a path of inevitable destruction The citizens of the United States enjoy a very high standard of living and many freedoms that citizens elsewhere can only dream of In Chapter One Selection One p 20 Alfred Balk points out various statistics which support this conclusion The United States excels in high technology competitiveness leads in research and development spending and has a gross national product of 220 bil lion As Samuel Huntington explains p 22 the United States has unmatched power in three critical areas multidimensional strength influence based on structural position and the fact that there is no other dominant power likely to emerge Another important factor the US has on its side is an appeal beyond its borders This appeal has
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