On Geopolitics

The Difference Between Power and Leadership

Rodger Baker
Senior VP of Strategic Analysis, Stratfor
Jun 14, 2017 | 20:49 GMT
As China continues to expand its influence, it remains uncertain whether it will be able to challenge the U.S. as a global leader, or remain a regional influencer.
As China continues to expand its influence, it remains uncertain whether it will be able to challenge the U.S. as a global leader, or remain a regional influencer. Just because China is expanding its influence doesn't mean it will be able to challenge the United States as a global leader.
(Feng Li/Getty Images)

Over the past few months, we have been exploring the ideas of global leadership and of the U.S. role in the international system. We've also been examining the emergence of China as, by some accounts, a competitor to the United States in that role. We have sought to remain observers rather than advocates, trying to understand through a study of history and an assessment of current political, economic, security and social factors, how the structure of the global system has evolved, and in what direction it is likely headed. Our attempt has been to explore this broad theme not through the lens of "should," but of "was" and "is."...

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