Introduction to International Relations_Towns_Date__022610

Introduction to International Relations_Towns_Date__022610...

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Consequences of the Cold War Dissolution of the Soviet Union meant an end to bipolarity and the rise of the United States as the most (read: only) dominant power in the world. o Military expenditures are higher than almost every other country combined o Economic capacities are, in general, high enough to sustain the military for longer than any other country o “Soft” power – communications and pop culture are centered in America, meaning that US values are disseminated throughout the world, giving us ideological legitimacy No longer a superpower, but a “hyperpower” The United States faces problems in the long run: o Huge trade and budget deficits; national debt is massive o Overstretched military o Hegemon status means that US tends to act independently, which is unpopular in the international community o Growth of the EU and China mean that financial preeminence is not guaranteed to last Imperial overstretch o The tendency of hegemons to weaken their economies through military
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