Power Shift

Power Shift

It seems that today you can’t turn on the television (or the radio) without hearing talk of American decline. The country is in the throes of a financial crisis, and grinding through two wars. China, India, Russia and others are sitting at the big kids’ table, and even a recent National Intelligence Council report warns that America’s unipolar moment is over. Others say, not so fast—the US has been declared dead before, but it turns out it was just resting. We take the measure of American power and leadership amid the rise of the rest. 

Executive Producer: Aaron Lobel / AAM Producers: Monica Bushman, Sean D. Carberry, Matt Ozug, Monica Villavicencio and Chris Williams / Interns: Megan Nemeh, Nadia Shairzay and Ann Thomas / Hosts: Deborah Amos, Ray Suarez 

Is America in Decline?

Ray Suarez explores whether America’s position in the world is declining.
Guests include: Robert Kagan, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams; Francis Fukuyama, Professor of International Political Economy at the Johns Hopkins University; and Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and author of The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Power to the East.

China and Brazil

Elizabeth Arnold travels to Brazil to explore China’s growing involvement in Latin America and the state of American influence in the region.

Guests include: Carlos Tilkean, CEO of Estrella Toys; Rafael Cervone Netto, Director of Texbrasil; Horatio Forjaz, CEO of Embraer; Charles Tang, President of the Brazil China Chamber of Industry and Commerce; and Michael Shifter and Daniel Erikson of the Inter-American Dialogue.

America's Innovation Economy

Ray Suarez examines whether America is losing its competitive edge in the high-tech innovation economy.

Guests: Mitch Tyson, the CEO of Advanced Electron Beams; Richard Freeman, Professor of Economics at Harvard University; and W. Clem Karl, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University.

America's 20th Century Rise

Deborah Amos traces the history of America’s rise as a global superpower in the 20th century.

Featuring Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University. - See more at: http://www.americaabroad.org/radio/programs/documentaries/?prog=power_sh...

America's Position in the World

Ray Suarez continues the discussion with Robert Kagan, Francis Fukuyama, and Kishore Mahbubani.