Thursday 3 November 2016

US: Soft Power, World Order and Anti-American Activities of Dealers

The context of US international cultural heritage policies as 'soft power' from the Washington Post (Charles Krauthammer, 'Final days, awful choice' Opinions ):
We are entering a period of unprecedented threat to the international order that has prevailed under American leadership since 1945. After eight years of President Obama’s retreat, the three major revisionist powers — Russia, China and Iran — see their chance to achieve regional dominance and diminish, if not expel, U.S. influence. At a time of such tectonic instability, even the most experienced head of state requires wisdom and delicacy to maintain equilibrium. Trump has neither. His joining of supreme ignorance to supreme arrogance, combined with a pathological sensitivity to any perceived slight, is a standing invitation to calamitous miscalculation. Two generations of Americans have grown up feeling that international stability is as natural as the air we breathe. It’s not. It depends on continual, calibrated tending. [...] It took seven decades to build this open, free international order. It could be brought down in a single presidential term.
Actually it already collapsed under Obama.Those dealers and collectors opposing US policies on cultural interactions with foreign countries are not responsible for the decline in US influence, but are another contributing factor. But it is they who will lose out when the US can no longer claim the pre-eminent place to which it so clearly pretends (see above).

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