3-23-11 - Unipolar system has 3 aspects o 1 State system...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
3/23/11 Unipolar system has 3 aspects: o 1. State system, not an empire Rome was an empire: peripheries incorporated in the same structure as the center 2. Ordered by a principle of anarchy Recall, spectrum: multipolar to bipolar to unipolar to hegemonic o Hegemon can control everything everywhere; NOT the same as unipolar System becomes hierarchical rather than anarchical 3. 1 great power US has had a preponderance of power since the end of the Cold War in military power This situation is unique in modern history o Napoleonic France had more land power but Britain’s sea power was greater; bipolar o US after WWII had nuclear weapons, but USSR had superior conventional power US is only 4.5% of the world’s population and produces 20-25% of the world’s GDP o 2 nd is China (1/3 the American economy), Japan 3 rd Military gap: is even greater than economic o Even excluding costs from Iraq & now Libya, US spends more than half the global expenditures in defense o (Libya: US airpower used in 3 days = 1/10 of the first hour of the Iraq war) o US acquires a first strike capability vis-à-vis Soviet nuclear forces. B/c of US funding, USSR still has an arsenal (US didn’t want weapons to fall into wrong hands). Russia now spends 4% of what US spends. China spends 7.5% of the US defense budget (1/12 th ). o US spends in military R&D > what China spends overall on its military o US regulates the commons = parts of the world under the sovereignty of any state (high seas, space) US navy, most powerful in the world. Before when UK navy was best, it was as strong as navies 2+3. Today only counting tonnage, US navy > other 17 navies combined. o US has the only GPS satellite system and has prevented Europe from launching its own; has precise launching capability o So what kind of world are we in? Unipolar, multipolar, or in a world that BOP no longer matters? No consensus b/c great power defined in different ways.
Image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern