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By Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, David Ignatius

The prestige of the us as an international strength, and the character of strength itself, are at a ancient turning aspect. it really is crucial that we comprehend and adapt to the recent safeguard atmosphere during which we discover ourselves.
Two of the main revered figures in American international coverage are Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft—both former nationwide safeguard Advisors lower than markedly various administrations. In America and the World they dissect, in spontaneous and unscripted conversations moderated via David Ignatius, the main major overseas coverage demanding situations dealing with the united states: the center East, Russia, China, Europe, the constructing global, the altering nature of energy in a globalized international, and what Brzezinski has referred to as the “global political awakening.” whereas one writer is a Republican and the opposite a Democrat, they commonly agree at the have to adapt to a brand new foreign surroundings. the place they disagree, their exchanges are constantly either deeply proficient and provocative.
America and the World will outline the guts of accountable opinion on American international coverage at a time whilst the nation’s judgements may be certain how lengthy it continues to be a superpower.

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According to this theory, the experience of racism and oppression permanently damages the psyches of the victim, consigning them to a permanent state of low self-esteem. Gradually, the diagnosis that some experiences are damaging to the psyche and result in the lowering of self-esteem of certain groups has expanded beyond the confines of racism and oppression. Communities that are blighted by poverty and unemployment are often portrayed as suffering from a self-esteem deficit. President Bush’s welfare-to-work partnership was designed to lead to ‘more independence, more self-esteem, and more joy and hope’ (Bush, 2002).

From this perspective the experience of exclusion above all refers to the sense of humiliation and shame that comes from not being recognized and affirmed. Thus, the focus of Honneth’s concern is the psychological damage inflicted on people by a society that fails to encourage the development of their self-confidence, selfrespect and self-esteem. ‘The experience of being socially denigrated or humiliated endangers the identity of human beings, just as infection with disease endangers their physical life’ (Honneth, 1995: 135).

Fraser (2000: 112) points to the tendency for recognition politics to reify identity and fear that it encourages ‘separatism, intolerance and chauvinism’. Experience has shown that such apprehensions are fully justified – the demand for recognition can never be entirely satisfied and each demand is a prelude to the next. Identities based on misrecognition become entrenched in the perpetuation of their condition of suffering. As Brown (1995: 73) argues, ‘politicized identity’ becomes ‘attached to its own exclusion because ‘it is premised on this exclusion for its very existence as identity’.

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