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Much of the democratic world would like the United States to remain the preeminent global power. But with the U.S. apparently committed to strategic overreach, that outcome risks becoming unlikely.

The problem with America’s global leadership begins at home. Hyper-partisan politics and profound polarization are eroding American democracy and impeding the pursuit of long-term objectives. In foreign policy, the partisan divide can be seen in perceptions of potential challengers to the U.S. According to a March 2021 poll, Republicans are most concerned about China, while Democrats worry about Russia above all.

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