Mona Sutphen is a Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC, a Washington-based international business strategy firm. A former diplomat, she served in Bangkok and Sarajevo. Later, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger and as an advisor to United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson.
Ms. Sutphen holds a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Women's Foreign Policy Group and serves on the boards of the International Human Rights Law Group and the Council on African-American Affairs. She lives in New York.
Next American Century: How the U.S. Can Thrive as Other Powers Rise
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by Nina Hachigian & Mona Sutphen
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 8, 2008)
'Lucid and compelling. . . . Pragmatic.
. . . Synthesizing a vast amount of material while advancing
their arguments, the authors have produced a persuasive text.'
'Two former National Security Council
staffers chart a course for U.S. success in the 21st century. .
. . Hachigian and Sutphen effectively outline the benefits of
this new, multipolar world. . . . A useful summary of
conventional Democratic Establishment foreign-policy thinking,
likely to gain currency as the race for the White House heats
thought-provoking book, the next generation weighs in with a new
framework for American leadership. The Next American Century
offers a new approach to the crucial challenge of dealing with
The rise of other global powers is most often posed as a sorry tale, full of threats to America's primacy, prosperity, and way of life. The potential loss of our #1 status implies a blow to our safety, economy, and prestige.
But this is a rare moment in history: none of the world's big powers are our adversaries. In The Next American Century, Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen show that the 'pivotal powers''China, Europe, India, Japan, and Russia'seek greater influence, but each has an enormous stake in the world economy and a keen desire to thwart common threats. India is a key ally in the struggle against terrorism. China's help is essential to containing pandemic disease. Russia is leading an effort to keep nuclear devices out of terrorists' hands. Japan and Europe are critical partners in tackling climate change. None of these countries is a direct military or ideological challenger. In fact, their gains largely help, rather than hurt, America's continuing prosperity, growth, and to some extent, even its values. Will we have conflicts with these powers? Definitely. Some will be serious. But, by and large, they want what we want: a stable world and better lives for their citizens. We live in an era of opportunity, not of loss.
To take advantage of this moment, the United States must get its own house in order, making sure that American children can compete, American workers can adjust, America's military remains cutting-edge, and American diplomacy entices rather than alienates. While America must be prepared for the possibility that a hostile superpower may one day emerge, it has to be careful not to turn a distant, uncertain threat into an immediate one. Washington should welcome the pivotal powers into a vigorous international order to share the burden of solving pressing global problems of peace, climate, health, and growth.
The avenue to a truly safer and more prosperous world runs through the pivotal powers. With them, we can build a world where Americans will thrive, today and tomorrow.
NINA HACHIGIAN is a Senior Vice President at the Center for American Progress and a Visiting Scholar of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Earlier, she was the Director of the Center for Asia-Pacific Policy and a Senior Political Scientist at RAND. From 1998 to 1999, she was on the staff of the National Security Council. She lives in Los Angeles.
MONA SUTPHEN is a Managing Director at Stonebridge International LLC, a Washington-based international business strategy firm. A former diplomat, she served in Bangkok and Sarajevo. Later, she served as Special Assistant to U.S. National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger and as an advisor to United Nations Ambassador Bill Richardson. She lives in New York.
Nina Hachigian and Mona Sutphen discuss their book The Next American Century (38 minutes)