When will the US lose its status as a superpower?

Mudassir Ali
Apr 07, 2020 09:19 AM 0 Answers
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When will the US lose its status as a superpower?

Mudassir Ali
- Apr 07, 2020 09:19 AM

the actual term “Superpower” may no longer be the right one to use, but I’m going to assume that “superpower” refers to a nation that is head and shoulders above other world powers, in terms of various measures of power. Under this definition, I can’t see a time in the foreseeable future when the United States will not be one of the top superpowers in the world.

The United states is a very large unified country that essentially controls a continent, with friendly neighbors to the North and South. It is essentially energy independent, it has the largest and most capable military force by an order of magnitude over its next closest rival, it has the worlds largest economy, (170% of China’s), it dominates world social and political culture, it leads the world in almost every scientific and research field and it has the dominant world reserve currency. The United States borders are so secure that most of the US Navy–the largest in the world–spends almost no time in American waters, except to train. Instead, the US Navy deploys worldwide to keep all of the world’s sea lanes clear and secure; we are like the world’s coast guard.

Looking into the future, the US has a very large population with a balanced growth cohort, indicating continued stable growth into the future. Russia is suffering from Stagnation and an anemic birth rate with a huge greying population, Europe has disproportionately declining birth rates China has a massive imbalance in the sexual diversity of it’s large youth population (way too many boys) and India is struggling to grow fast enough to feed its population. US Education, life expectancy, standard of living and other indicators of well being, continue to be among the best in the world, which is a staggering achievement for a nation of more than 300, million people (a point lost on this who point to places like Denmark, Singapore and other tiny countries and crow about how they enjoy some tiny advantage over the US). The US as a food exporter and has huge untapped capacity to expand food production. The US has plenty of fresh water and can overcome any minor regional shortages. The US has massive tracts of forest and other natural resources that are preserved and could be used if necessary.

Beyond the nation itself, the US is allied with most of the strongest military and economic powers in the world. In the Americas, the US is on cordial terms with most other countries in both Americas. The US is allied with all of Western Europe, which is collectively the second largest economic bloc in the world. In the Pacific, the US is closely allied with Japan (the third largest economy in the world) South Korea (economy #13), Australia (economy #12), Singapore, the Philippines and most of the other strongest economies in Southeast Asia.

The point to be made by all of this is that the United States is a massively powerful, secure and diverse country that is sure to dominate the Western Hemisphere well into the next century. It is also likely to continue to play a decisive strategic role in the Pacific and Europe also well into the next century.

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