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Appeared in: Volume 7, Number 3
Published on: December 9, 2011
Declinism’s Fifth Wave

Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us fights the latest upsurge of American declinism to a draw.

Josef Joffe, a founding member of The American Interest, is editor of Die Zeit in Hamburg as well as senior fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Abramowitz Fellow at the Hoover Institution, both at Stanford. The author is indebted to Samuel Huntington who first coined the term "Declinism" in his 'The US-Decline or Renewal,'" Foreign Affairs Winter 1988/89.

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