We’re not finished yet

…writes Robert D. Kaplan in his latest piece, America Primed. He bases this on a number of factors, but highlights unique American “assets” such as the Anglosphere (an automatic network of allies)

AMERICA’S MACROSTRATEGIC environment is chockablock with assets unavailable to any other country. If nothing else, the United States has an often-overlooked and oft-neglected bulwark of allies: the Anglosphere. This is Washington’s inner circle of defense ties, and it finds no equivalent in its competitor nations’ strategic arsenals. The Anglosphere is perennially—and incorrectly—declared dead or in decline by the media and politicians. Nevertheless, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and the United States remain extremely close in their military and intelligence relations and exchange vast volumes of sensitive information daily, as they have for decades… The various English-speaking nations, in practical terms, even assign individual parts of the world to each other, and each worries about the others’ security equities.

The linguistic and other cultural links between the United States and these other English-speaking countries are so deep that the sharing of sensitive information 24-7 is practically an afterthought, even as the media and politicians highlight the narcissism of comparatively small differences. Of course, the values and national purposes of the individual countries are unique, owing to different geographies and historical experiences; yet that is something America can quietly manage. Given how close the United States is to the Anglosphere in most ways, when these allies resist what America is attempting to do, that should constitute a warning that perhaps the policy coming out of Washington is either outright wrong or needs adjustment. (Canada’s balking in the face of U.S. bullying to hop on board the Iraq War train is an obvious case in point.) The Anglosphere, in addition to everything else it provides, is a reality check that can facilitate American policy making.

With a combined population of 420 million, with strategic locations off the continent of Europe (Great Britain), near the intersection of the Indian Ocean and western Pacific sea-lanes (Australia), and in the Arctic and adjacent to Greenland’s oil and gas (Canada), the Anglosphere, if not abused or ignored, will be a substantial hard-power asset for the United States deep into the twenty-first century. China and Russia enjoy nothing comparable.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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3 Responses to We’re not finished yet

  1. Scott says:

    Can we depend on a Britian in the EU, an Australia and New Zealand that are increasingly part of China’s economic sphere and a Canada that is increasingly wanting less and less to do with us? That is the question.

  2. joe says:

    as it stands today, america vs world, america wins. throw in our dozens of 1st world allies, it’s game over. 50 years from now, things will be different, but in what way as of yet remains to be seen. anyone who disputes this, compare our military and our economy (YES, OUR ECONOMY AS IT IS NOW, IN A RECESSION) to any other military/economy on earth, 10x. we still win. many would like to say that america is falling and will soon lose its position as the strongest nation on earth, but this is simply not the case, and our hardware and the amount of money we still have speaks for itself. (waits to be trolled by the chinese, claiming that human wave tactics will win ww3, and the brits, claiming that their navy is still #1)

  3. Brent says:

    Joe – I’m an American living in London and I’ve been here for a couple of years now. I can assure you that you are unlikely to get any Brits trying to claim their navy is still number one. They are quite aware of the decomissioning of the Ark Royal and the plans announced last year to “share” a new aircraft carrier with France. Brent