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What does Zakaria mean by the “rise of the rest" in The Post-American World?

Fareed Zakaria associates “the rise of the rest” (which is the name of the introductory chapter of his book) with six basic trends that he describes: 1) “The third great power shift of the modern...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2017 2:12 am UTC

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In The Post-American World, does Zakaria think that America's challenges are insurmountable?

Zakaria does not think that the Post-American world presents insurmountable problems to America. On the contrary, he states that America will remain as the most powerful nation in the world in the...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2017 3:45 pm UTC

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What are the major strategies associated with the "rise of the rest" in The Post-American World?

For the United States, there are two major strategies that must be pursued with regard to the “rise of the rest.” First, the US must remain economically flexible and open to immigration. It must...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 1:30 pm UTC

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What do you consider to be the greatest strengths of The Post-American World and what do you consider to be it's...

One of the things I have always liked about Zakaria, and about this book in particular, is that he truly comes across as the objective commentator. It is not based on a political agenda, or...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 2:21 am UTC

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Assess the strength of The Post-American World.

The original question had to be edited down. I would suggest that one of the strengths of Zakaria's work is that it embraces a new landscape for global economic and political interaction. The...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2013 1:13 pm UTC

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What would Zakaria believe to be the most important factor in the "rise of the rest?"

I think that Zakaria believes in the technological advances that have helped to make the world more "flat," to borrow a term from Friedman. This is something that Zakaria believes has been...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012 8:41 pm UTC

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What does Zakaria see as the major strengths of the U.S. as a global power in the 21st Century?

I think that there are a couple of ways to answer this question. First, you could go with the message of the following quote from Zakaria: At the military and political level, we still live in a...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 5:13 am UTC

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 In The Post American World, what does author Zakaria mean by the "Rise of the Rest"?

I am a big fan of Zakaria's, as I think he has some keen insights into how the world functions economically socially and in terms of international relations. Unlike Thomas Friedman, he's not just...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 2:12 am UTC

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According to Zakaria, discuss the strength of connection between economic growth and democratization?

I think that Zakaria would suggest a very strong connection must exist between economic growth and democratization. When he speaks of the need for conditions to be right in order to facilitate a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2012 9:22 am UTC

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Where is there optimism for America in Zakaria's analysis in The Post-American World?

I think that Zakaria would point out that one of America's universal strengths is the ability to read and assess situations better than most nations. The spirit of pragmatism and practicality that...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012 10:06 am UTC

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Identify significant quotes that are key in understanding the book.

I think that the most significant quotes that Zakaria develops in his work are more related to concepts that make his vision more understandable. For example, the idea of the "rise of the rest" is...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2012 9:07 am UTC

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According to The Post-American World, what are the biggest challenges facing the American economy today?

To Zakaria, the main challenges that face the US have to do with creating and maintaining conditions that will allow the US economy to grow. Zakaria argues that the "rise of the rest" can be a...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 2:12 am UTC

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What constitutes the "rise of the rest" as used by Zakaria?

The previous post was very accurate. The Newsweek link included is also very good. If I may add one more nugget, it would be that the "rise of the rest" is a condition that forces all of us,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2010 10:40 am UTC

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Identify a critical, yet controversial theme in Zakaria's Post-American World.

I would say that Zakaria's contention of "the rise of the rest" would be one of the most essential and controversial points. The transformative element of how "the rest" is emerging into the world...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2012 1:29 pm UTC

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According to Zakaria in The Post-American World, what are the three factors that played a key role in the post-Cold...

I believe that the answer to this is to be found on p. 21 of the book (this is according to Amazon’s search function. I do not know what version of the book this is. Mine is on Kindle and...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 4:33 pm UTC

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What are the positive and negative effects of America's world leadership role?

For Zakaria, one of the most positive elements to American leadership is that the exporting of democracy worldwide. Zakaria is open enough to say that the democracy as a government worldwide is...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 11:27 am UTC

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To what extent are the theories of Fareed Zakaria (The Post American World) and Joseph Nye (The Future of Power)...

Both authors describe the changing dynamics of the world order in their books. The main difference between them however is about what the future entails for America. Zakaria argues that the US's...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2015 6:03 pm UTC

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How does Zakaria account for the failure of democracy to flourish in the Middle East? Liberal democracy, to be more...

I think that Zakaria's primary analysis on this point is that the economic conditions to favor political stability is what endangers democracy in areas like the Middle East. The lack of economic...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2012 4:18 pm UTC

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In The Post-American World, what is Zakaria getting at when he argues that the U.S. is not necessarily in decline...

What Zakaria is getting at is the idea that “the rest” can “rise,” but that the United States still has characteristics that make it potentially stronger than any other country. The US is, Zakaria...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 7:30 pm UTC

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