Jamal Al-Suwaidi Delivers Lecture on his new book; Prospects for the American Age, at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • 23 April 2014

Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), today delivered a lecture on his new book – Prospects for the American Age: Sovereignty and Influence in the New World Order – at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In his lecture, Dr. Al-Suwaidi discussed the basic idea of the book, which is based on a central assumption that the US will remain the dominant global power for at least the next five decades. He told the gathering of top ministry officials, and elite group of diplomats and politicians that his book includes information and statistics that prove qualitative superiority of the United States in terms of economic status, military capability, energy resources, education, culture, and technical and technological progress.

He also drew their attention to the fact that the importance of the book lies in being a scholarly attempt to explore the contours of the new world order in the 21st century. The book, he noted, does not seek to draw a roadmap but provides a deeply objective analytical insight based on data and information.

Dr. Al-Suwaidi also highlighted the road to power and sovereignty in the new world order in the coming years and decades in a bid to understand regional and global dynamics, and helps develop a clear and profound strategic vision for the future.

He also presented an overall picture of the new world order, in which the United States will remain a dominant power while the European Union will try to regain its position. On the other hand, Russia will try to make its presence felt by revitalizing its economy and restoring its military capabilities while China will remain increasingly preoccupied with managing its economy and will continue to be a cosmic player rather than a superpower.

Dr. Al-Suwaidi also stressed the need for a careful analysis of the subject of globalization. He did so by reviewing the outlines of globalization presented in the works of academics Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington, New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman and former Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, in a way that would enable better understanding in the right perspective.

The lecture provided a fitting opportunity for a calm, thought-provoking debate with attendees including diplomats, politicians, researchers and experts, on the true reality of the balance of power in the international landscape.