The End of the Western Age? The Twenty-First-Century Challenges for the West

  • Norma C. Noonan


The future of the USA and Western Europe as global leaders is examined in this chapter. American global leadership, often described as hegemonic by its enemies, is analyzed and alternatives for the future are considered. The gradual departure of Western Europe/The European Union from traditional global leadership to the exercise of “soft power” is also examined for its possible impact on the twenty-first century.


European Union Foreign Policy Middle East Western State International Politics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norma C. Noonan
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  1. 1.Augsburg CollegeMinneapolisUSA

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