Amid predictions from some corners that China will supplant America internationally, career diplomat Christopher Hill ’74 compares and contrasts their places in global leadership.
“The demise of compromise and collegiality in domestic politics has raised new challenges in America’s interaction with others as well,” writes Hill. “Foreign-policy debate in the U.S. has become a proxy for who is ‘tougher,’ which does not necessarily mean wiser.”
But he adds, “before the U.S. hands over international leadership to the Chinese, it would be instructive to look at China’s own internal political divisions and inability to synchronize its domestic politics with its growing global responsibilities. China’s problems make those afflicting the U.S. polity seem trivial in comparison.”
Formerly the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia, Hill is currently dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Hill’s comments are part “China’s House Divided,” his latest opinion piece for Project Syndicate.