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Global English ‘Strengthening U.S. Supremacy’

June 25, 2009

While the global financial crisis has given weight to predictions that the Pax Americana is on its way out, to be replaced before long by a Pax China or multilateral control by powers such as the G20, the status of English as the global language seems likely to prop up U.S. power for some time to come.

“Half the world’s people are projected to be speaking English by 2015. And so long as English is on track to become the world’s unofficial language, the United States will likely be center stage,” writes Ali Wyne, a junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in the journal Foreign Policy.

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