Every ten years it is decline time in the United States. The declinist vision is so recurrent that it seems a constant countermelody of American exceptionalism. The paper offers an appraisal of the recent American debate on U.S. decline.
A lively debate was recently resumed on the purported decline of the United States. Those who argue that the American hegemony won’t last for long base their claim on economic consid-erations. In military terms, however, evidence suggest different conclusions: compared to other major powers, the US has more and better capabilities – enough to protract the unipolar moment for a long time.