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Credibility of US' global power being challenged

The US is still the world's most powerful nation militarily and economically, but it has been hit by a public-health disaster, an economic crisis and growing political unrest.

US allies used to worry that the US would not fulfil its pledge to come to their defence, but they now face a US president who brags about abdicating America's global leadership position.

DURING the Cold War between the United States and the former Soviet Union, strategic thinkers sketched out the frightening dilemma facing policy-makers in Washington.

According to the commitments made by the US as the leader of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato), and later in...

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