State of America Series - America: A crisis of identity in a post American World

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The AMCHAM Canada "State of America" Series:  A series of articles and commentary on issues related to the state of economic, political and business affairs in the United States 

Contributors: Adam Daifallah - John Parisella - Élisabeth Vallet - Tom Velk

Number 4 - May 1, 2014

America: A crisis of identity in a post American World 
by Élisabeth Vallet

In 2004, Harvard political science professor Samuel Huntington wrote « Who Are We? The Challenges to America's National Identity », a book that attempted to understand the nature of U.S. identity and the challenges it will face in the future. For the famous author of the 1996 “clash of civilizations”, the realm of his thoughts was really “who are the US ?”. As we are now towards the end of the Barack Obama reign, we need to look back. We also need to look forward. And a decade after 9/11, if one question needs to be asked, it is Huntington’s: “Who are they?” Answering the question of America's identity may allow us to understand the role and place of the US in the world - now, tomorrow,  and on two levels - both the domestic and the international. Click here to view the full article.

Élisabeth ​Vallet is a Professor of Political Science ‎and Scientific Director at the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. Ms. Vallet has become recognized in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada as an expert on American politics, the strategic issues at play in politics in the United States and is a regular commentator on such in the print and electronic media in Canada.