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What the U.S. Government Can’t Do Abroad, Colleges Can

By Athanasios Moulakis

In his book The Post-American World, Fareed Zakaria reflects on the “rise of the rest”—India, China, Brazil, Russia—and the relative weakening of unquestioned American preponderance in many fields, including economic growth and political power. The one exception he foresees is the continued unrivaled excellence of American universities.

What is less well known than the eminence and promise of American universities at home is the immense contribution they have made overseas to the progress and prosperity of the regions they serve. The operation of American colleges abroad dates back to the mid-19th century —a time when the geopolitical presence of the United States in the Near East was negligible, even as the European powers were avidly competing for influence and gain in the declining Ottoman Empire.

Continued at: http://chronicle.com/article/What-the-US-Government-Cant/128116/

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