1991: The Beginning of America’s Demise?
It is ordinary to associate the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 as the dawn of American unipolarity — an era in which the United States’ relative power was so great that it had no significant rivals.
Some have even claimed that no state in history was as powerful as the United States in the immediate aftermath of the Cold War. But declinism is again en vogue in America, and with China’s meteoric rise and the United States’ recent troubles it is difficult to call the international system strictly and unequivocally “unipolar” any longer.
In today’s Moscow Times, Russian-American Alexei Bayer makes the case that, in retrospect, the collapse of the Soviet Union is actually the source of America’s decline.