Evaluation of Charles Krauthammer's "The Unipolar Moment Revisited."

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This paper is an analysis and evaluation of Charles Krauthammer's essay on the unique condition of American unipolarity in the contemporary international realm. Krauthammer's article "The Unipolar Moment Revisited" will be discussed in this paper through eight predetermined and logically-flowing questions. To prevent further delay, let us now move right away to these pointed questions and their answers. The first question should be obvious enough...

1. What do you see as the article's main thesis?

The main thesis of Krauthammer's article is that: since the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) the international system has been locked into a distinctly modern condition of unipolarity in which an American monolith (together with the rest of the Western states) stands dominating above all other nations, and is threatened only by rogue states armed with nuclear weapons and terrorists. This situation has only grown worse since the attacks of September 11th 2001 (9/11), which forced many states to align themselves behind the United States of America (USA). The future of the USA's unipolar position depends on whether it is going to be run by unwise leaders that paralyze its power with their obsessions for multilateralism, or strong and aggressive leaders that will unilaterally go out into the world and confront the enemy's of the USA to ensure its persistence at the very top of the international hierarchy.

2. What other major arguments does the author make?

Krauthammer argues that never before in history has the world seen this phenomenon of unipolarity. Throughout thousands of years, and the largest empires that have come and gone, the world still never experienced unipolarity as it currently exists. Even during the times of the Roman empire, which held great power and stretched far over the territories surrounding it, there still existed other very...