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The End of the Empire: A World After U.S. Hegemony

As its hold over Eurasia weakens, can the United States find its place in a polycentric world order?

After years of relative obscurity on the international stage, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has become a major player in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. A group of experts joined Roundtable to discuss NATO’s history, its relationship with Russia and the current conflict in Ukraine.

In this segment, the panel discusses how the ongoing war will realign the current US hegemony.

Ronald Suny observes that the war is reshaping regional powers beyond just the US and Russia, rather than creating a new Cold War dichotomy.

“Europe is going to become stronger and even more independent over time. China is also asserting itself,” Suny said, noting that public support for foreign wars continues to wane in the U.S. “Americans don't want any more wars. They don't even want high gas, gas prices.”

Scott Horton argues that those developing regional powers will soon render the US’s role in Eurasian geopolitics irrelevant.

“Let the French-German Alliance handle security in Europe. They can negotiate with Russia and keep the peace just fine. Let Japan and China work out a security arrangement in the far east and let America come home,” he said. “We don't have to rule the world at all. The whole project of global hegemony is essentially murder and suicide.”

That new realignment, Horton says, can relieve the United States of the burden of world dominance.

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“We shouldn't have to lament that they're turning away from our dollar and they're making their own separate trade agreements. They want to build a belt and road initiative across Eurasia that we won't have. Who cares? That’s fine,” he said. “It makes no sense whatsoever that we would be the dominant power in Eurasia forever. We'd be way better off, and so would everybody else on this planet.”

Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Diana Johnstone, scholar and journalist. Author of CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS Memoir of a World Watcher

Ronald Suny, William H. Sewell Jr Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Michigan. Author of They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else

Scott Horton, Editorial Director, Antiwar.com; host, Scott Horton Show