The fall election and an era of diffused power may be factors.
Just this spring, a number of diplomatic initiatives and conflict-settlement discussions are taking place without the United States, raising questions about the reach and strength of American global power.
The world may be simply witnessing a lull in US diplomatic results until voters pick a replacement for George W. Bush – a particularly unpopular American president on the international stage. But another reason could be at work: Is this the waning of American primacy and the dawn of an era of diffused power?
Consider these developments:
In these and other examples, both the US election and the dawn of a new era – one with diffused power – are probably both factors, many analysts say.
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