THE QUESTION

Will the U.S. financial crisis lead to an erosion of U.S. influence comparable to the Iraq war?

Posted by Lauren Keane on October 3, 2008 3:33 PM

FROM THE PANEL

Carlos Alberto Montaner is a Cuban-born writer, journalist, and former professor. He is one of the most influential and widely-read columnists in the Spanish-language media, syndicated in dozens of publications in Latin America, Spain and the United States. He is also vice president of the Liberal International, a London-based federation devoted to the defense of democratic values and the promotion of the market economy. He has written more than twenty books, including Journey to the Heart of Cuba; How and Why Communism Disappeared; Liberty, the Key to Prosperity; and the novels A Dog's World and 1898: The Plot. He is now based in Madrid, Spain.

No More American Authority

With what moral authority can the U.S. government fight against international corruption, defend transparency and preach the virtues of globalization after this shameful spectacle?

Posted by Carlos Alberto Montaner Madrid, Spain | 49 COMMENTS
Oct 3, 2008 at 3:37 PM
Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Worse Than the Iraq War

The crisis has made the U.S. seem more human.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 2 COMMENTS
Oct 3, 2008 at 3:36 PM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Time to Share the Top Spot, America

Trade relationships with emerging powers have cushioned the crisis's economic blow to much of the world. The U.S. is losing its trade dominance.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 2 COMMENTS
Oct 3, 2008 at 3:35 PM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

No Longer a Financial Superpower

Many friends of America politely abstained from the Iraqi adventures of Uncle Sam. But they are now extending more credit to an ally in need.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 4 COMMENTS
Oct 3, 2008 at 3:32 PM

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