America’s Structural Resilience Offers a Basis for Hope in Obama Presidency     Print Email
Monday, 26 January 2009

As Obama takes his first steps as President, some voices are predicting that the financial crisis foreshadows the demise of U.S. leadership in the world.

These dire predictions, focused on the immediate weaknesses of America, overlook the long-run conditions, according to a German specialist, that have enabled the United States to remain the major global power since World War II.

A reminder of these fundamentals is available in a forthcoming European Affairs article , “America – with its Unique Resilience – Remains the Indispensible Power” by Dr. Heinrich Kreft, a German career diplomat who is currently a senior foreign policy advisor to the conservative CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. His article is already available on the website of the European Institute.

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Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (

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