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Americans don’t like the word "empire," but no empire in history has been equal to the United States in its ability to project its power and cultural influence around the world. The United States accounts for almost half of the world’s military spending. Its share of the world’s economic output is more than 30 percent -- three times larger than the British empire at its zenith. So, does America have an empire? If so, how is it different from the major empires of the past? What is its purpose? And how has this changed our relations with Europe?
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director of the US Leadership Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Originally Aired: 9/4/2003
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