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Barely a year ago, some countries dismissed the United States as a ‘has-been’ after its withdrawal from Afghanistan. Now, the world is again recognizing America’s deep strengths and appeal.

Summary

This article by Matthew Kaminski, writing for Politico, makes the following points:
  • The perception of the US in decline falsely confirmed Moscow’s belief the US lacked the stomach to stand in its way in Ukraine.
  • US support of Ukraine, however, has reminded friends and adversaries of America’s reach and power.
  • The idea that China would succeed the US as the world’s leading power now looks highly unlikely.

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