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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    By Patricia Paoletta, Washington DC

    The latest World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) wrapped up in late November after four long weeks of negotiations between 3400 delegates from around 165 Member States. All in all, the WRC resulted in positive outcomes for both 5G and Wi-Fi, and will benefit both the U.S. and Europe's communications agendas, particularly with respect to the decisions on spectrum to be allocated for the all-important 5G service. The effect will be to ensure the more rapid development of the next generation of mobile broadband in a manner consistent with U.S. planning and existing development.  Debates on 5G dominated the conference, but allocations for high-altitude platform stations (“HAPS”) sought by U.S. based firms were also favorable. As a result, plans to provide additional internet service to underserved areas may be accelerated.

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