A key feature of contemporary international politics is the
changing nature of American presence on the world stage.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, power of the United States
(U.S.) as a unipolar superpower was experiencing change, giving way to
multipolarity. For the past three decades, America was the predominant
global power, leading the international response to every man-made or
natural crisis and calamity. This time, however, the complexity of the
COVID-19 pandemic has undermined the American ability to lead the
international community in managing the impact of COVID-19
pandemic. By its very nature, COVID-19 is challenging prevailing
international norms of hard and soft power. This paper critically
evaluates the role of American power, its central position in the
international political economy and global governance to highlight how
deeply it is embedded in the international order, and suited to mount a
global response to an international challenge.
1-Shabana Fayyaz: Assistant Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. 2-Salma Malik: Assistant Professor, Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.