A Stake in the System: Redefining American Leadership
Powers and Principles: International Leadership in a Shrinking World

September 2008

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The decline in the United States’ international standing and credibility is widely recognized and remarked. Less well understood, though, is the challenge of trying to renew US international leadership. Looking beyond the upcoming presidential election and transition, Suzanne Nossel of the Center for American Progress and the Stanley Foundation’s David Shorr found that the “legitimacy agenda” includes a formidable set of human rights, security, economic, and environmental issues. As part of the Stanley Foundation’s new Powers and Principles project, Nossel and Shorr identified policy steps the next administration(s) must take to uphold international norms and a rules-based global order in a manner befitting the United States’ stake in that order.

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