From World Affairs, America in decline? Robert Lieber on why it’s a matter of choices, not fate (and John Coffey reviews Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline). Stefano Casertano on how America has lost its hegemonic status — if Barack Obama wants to navigate through four more years of foreign policy, he must correct America's view of the world. Maria Kuecken reviews The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power by Michael Moran. What can American diplomacy accomplish in the fragile nations that need it most? The last American diplomat: Rennie A. Silva on John D. Negroponte and the changing face of US diplomacy. James L. Abrahamson reviews Death by a Thousand Cuts: Islam, Fiscal Irresponsibility, and Other Threats to Destroy America by Richard Hobbs. America, a prophecy: Kirill Medvedev on fragments of a dead empire — translated by Keith Gessen. Daniel Larison reviews The Short American Century: A Post-Mortem. From Der Spiegel, notes on the decline of a great nation. American interest, American blood: Robert Merry on how the price America pays in blood for its overseas initiatives rarely gets mentioned in political debates surrounding such policies, but it deserves more attention.