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photoAmerica's image as a superower seemed to take a hit this week in the war with Iraq. The war is taking longer than most had expected and Allies have not fallen in line as planned. Is the sheen of American hyperpower starting to wear?

According to Niall Ferguson, professor of financial history at New York University, U.S. lacks the will and resolve to follow through with changing regimes in Iraq or in other countries for a long period of time, which does affect its superpower image around the world.

Click the "Listen" link above to hear more about the reach and limits of America's power and how the war in Iraq is affecting its superpower image.


Niall Ferguson, professor of financial history at New York University and author of "The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World" and "Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World"

Robert Pape, professor of political science at the University of Chicago, author of "Bombing to Win: Air Power and Coercion in War" and "Welcome to the Era of 'Soft Balancing'"

Joseph Nye, dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and author of "The Paradox of American Power: Why the World's Only Superpower Can't Go It Alone"

Tad Oelstrom, retired lieutenant general, USAF, director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

This program aired on March 28, 2003.

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