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America threatened by 'imperial overstretch'

The US global empire may have extended itself far beyond its ability to maintain its military or economic commitments.

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There might be a huge opportunity cost to the US of retreating from the world versus the cost of investing American resources in maintaining the US-led liberal world order.

LIKE some great empires of the past, the American empire may be heading towards decline due to "imperial overstretch" - a concept denoting that the US global empire has extended itself far beyond its ability to maintain its military or economic commitments.

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