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System level: Realism: Bipolar systems Bipolarity: offensive realist theorists view this type of system as far more stable. It is simple, interests are clear. Cold War never escalated into a hot war. 2 superpowers: The United States and the Soviet Union: Differences with the multipolar system: 1. Interdependence is lower in the bipolar system: realists see interdependence as something that must be avoided. This is done through states acting to increase power and security, which grants them greater independence. 2. Alliances are more permanent. Two superpowers are clear enemies. No possibility for a future alliance between the two, as in a multipolar system. Thus, the
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Unformatted text preview: 2 powers dont have to make themselves acceptable to one another. 3. Concentration of danger. The one state is always concerned with its counterpart. Power is accumulated in the hands of the two superpowers, so they can focus almost exclusively on the actions of their opponent. Predictability increases through repeated interactions between the superpowers. In multipolar world, danger is diffused, interests can be obscured. 4. Only two parties means that states need not turn to a 3 rd party for assistance. The balancer role does not exist. In multipolar system, 2 states in conflict would compete for the balancer, increasing hostility among the other 2....
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