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Analysis Of George Friedman's The Next Decade

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George Friedman states in his book The Next Decade that America has inadvertently become an empire due to its influential economy and far reaching military superiority. Whether America likes being an empire or not it will have to figure out how to keep the republic it loves intact. Friedman believes that the key to keeping the American empire strong and our republic alive is a “cunning” and perhaps “ruthless” President (Friedman, 2011, Kindle edition location 709). Friedman then analyzes the regions of the world and explains what he believes will or should occur for America to remain the world power. In the end, Friedman believes that for the next decade America will remain the world leader. Friedman argues that since America is an empire it must continually shift its strategies to remain the most powerful and influential country. America’s power comes from its military and economic influence, which Friedman points out, was evident when the 2008 economic crisis occurred. One of the keys to retaining America’s power around the world is to keep other countries off balance and …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes george friedman's book the next decade, which states that america has inadvertently become an empire due to its influential economy and far reaching military superiority.
  • Analyzes how friedman argues that america must continually shift its strategies to remain the most powerful and influential country.
  • Analyzes how friedman uses lincoln, roosevelt, and reagan as examples of great machiavellian presidents. they understood how to convey one's beliefs to the public and make moves that perhaps many americans would not like.
  • Opines that the president must appear in control, calm and effective in fixing the problem. he must protect the public's morals and naivety.
  • Analyzes how friedman uses chapters six through twelve to divide the world into regions and predict how america will need to move geopolitically in order to maintain its power and influence.
  • Explains that friedman believes that the president and the country as a whole cannot continually harbor affections towards certain countries and hate others.
  • Argues that america can balance the power in the middle east by making peace with one of its worst enemies, iran.
  • Analyzes how friedman shows how russia is trying to return to the strength of its former soviet union era days.
  • Opines that friedman doesn't believe asian countries will be of much concern to america in the next decade. he suggests supporting pakistan to keep india from creating a stronger navy.

They understood how to convey one’s beliefs to the public, look like he is doing what he promised, and behind the scenes making moves that perhaps many Americans would not particularly like. These moves would in the end strengthen our nation. Friedman argues that the American President is the most powerful and influential politician in the world because America’s armed forces and economy affect everyone in the world. He backs this statement up with the statistic that America’s economy is three times the size of the next largest economy. Friedman argues that the president is unique in the fact that he is the sole person that is elected by everyone to represent America. He explains that the founders created a president that has many checks and balances at home, but is very influential in foreign

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