A book by Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution discusses new methods of influence being used by Russia and others to turn the strengths of the liberal order against itself. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thomas Wright is the director of the Brookings Institution’s Center on the United States and Europe, and a senior fellow at Brookings. His new book, “All Measures Short of War: The Contest For the 21st Century and the Future of American Power,” looks at the prospects for the United States in a world where other countries are increasingly disaffected from the global order that America built. I interviewed him about his book by email.
HF — Your book discusses how not every state wanted to converge to the liberal order that the U.S. built. Why did and do other great powers object?
TW — I think there’s a few reasons. The first is that the Russian and Chinese governments worried that the liberal order would undermine their regimes and promote political liberalization. Russia worried about the threat of color revolution and the soft power of the EU. China feared U.S. efforts — often imagined — to undermine the CCP but also the soft power of the West as a …read more
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