The role of the United States in world politics was apparently on the wane, according to Steven W. Hook, Chair of the Political Science Department, Kent State University, USA.

Delivering a special lecture on American foreign policy under the Scholar-in Residence programme of the School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, on Thursday, Prof. Hook said the roles of countries like India and China will become decisive in shaping global politics within the next two decades. The current fiscal crisis in the United States and its huge foreign debt were grim reminders in this regard, he said.

Prof. Hook also said that the office of the White House is being characterised as an ‘Imperial’ power due to the concentration of power in the hands of the President.

This trend has been visible since the days of the Cold War. According to him, the U.S. President was less constrained in foreign policy than in matters relating to domestic policy.