Salon: Get Over yourself, America.

By January 2, 2019 No Comments
America has been called “the most self-absorbed country on the planet”, and it isn’t even Trump to blame. As a divided America continues to fight an internal battle, the rest of the world moves on. The balance has tipped. No longer does the star-spangled banner reign as the sole superpower of the world. New centres of gravity have emerged. European allies joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank opposing US dissuasion, the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal proceeded without the US, the European Union even launched their own military alliance to counter NATO. Could we care less about Trump, or anyone else who comes after?

Kirk Wagar is the former Ambassador for the United States of America to the Republic of Singapore under the Obama Administration. He was pivotal in helping Mr Obama win his presidential elections, and in securing a state dinner for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Ho Ching at the White House.

Parag Khanna is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He served in the US Special Operations Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the author of many books on geopolitics including “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilisation” and “Technocracy in America.”


Gayathri Santhi-McBain started a newspaper publication in Brunei and was a financial journalist for 10 years at Standard & Poor’s and Platts. She is a social justice activist from transient workers rights to female empowerment. Gayathri is currently a director at an oil trading and consulting company.

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