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Inflection Points: Pax Americana at a Crossroad

Danielle Taana Smith

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, June 2024

Danielle Smith

Danielle Taana Smith

For many in the Global South, the ‘American Peace’ or Pax Americana is a mirage amid a world of war, economic hardship, forced migration, environmental calamity, and political repression while lacking local and global representation. Outside of the Euro-Atlantic space, the ‘American Peace’ represents an oxymoron.

To gain legitimacy as a global leader in the twenty-first century, the United States must lead the reform of the post-World War II global institutions to initiate greater representation for the Global South.