Was 2015 the end of America as a superpower?

Year-end shows are usually a yawn. A few big events of the soon-to-be past year are duly noted and analyzed before the view shifts to the year to come. But 2015 has been truly remarkable.

Parts of the global map literally have been re-drawn. From China building new islands in the South China Sea to the Islamic State taking (and losing) control of entire cities, the global order — and its impact on Americans — has shifted in a big way.

This week on Shortwave we examine these changes, with Tom Nichols, a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and Esther Brimmer, a former State Department official.

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