"The international system is in a period of change like we haven't seen for several hundred years" because of the declining power of nation-states, said Kissinger (left), who was secretary of state under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. "We are used to dealing with problems that have a solution," but Americans have to realize that "we're at the beginning of a long period of adjustment."
Brzezinski (center) described the changes taking place as a global political awakening: "The world is much more restless. It's stirring. It has aspirations which are not easily satisfied. And if America is to lead, it has to relate itself somehow to these new, lively, intense political aspirations, which make our age so different from even the recent past." Brzezinski served as national security adviser for President Jimmy Carter.
In this new, "very different world," explained Scowcroft (right), "the traditional measures of strength don't really apply so much. . . . It's a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries, and there are new kinds of actors and we're feeling our way as to how to deal with them." Scowcroft was national security adviser for Presidents Ford and George H.W. Bush.
It's ironic that all the US's efforts to create global hegemony has accomplished is to shatter the world into smaller and smaller pieces.
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