After two centuries of ascent, the United States finds itself in economic decline. Some advise America to cure its woes alone. But the road to isolation leads inevitably to the end of US leadership in the international system, warns Richard Rosecrance in this bold and novel book. Instead, Rosecrance calls for the United States to join forces with the European Union and create a trans-Atlantic economic union. Such a U.S.-Europe community would unblock arteries of trade and investment, rejuvenate the West, and enable Western countries to deal with East Asian challenges from a position of unity and economic strength. Exploring the possibilities for such a merger, the author writes: The European Union offers a means of creating larger units without recourse to force. A connection between Europe and North America could eventually grow into an agglomeration of states, drawing China and the East into a new network of countries. In this way East will eventually join the West. In this great merger the author of this far-seeing book offers a positive vision in which members of a tightly knit Western alliance regain economic health and attract Eastern nations to join a new and worldwide international order.
Richard Rosecrance is Senior Fellow, Adjunct Professor, and Director of the US-China Relations Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also Distinguished Research Professor, UCLA.