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and Rivalry,” http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2011/01/22/americas-decline-a-harbinger-of-conflict-and-rivalry/
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As history attests, power decline and redistribution result in military confrontation. For example, in the late 19th century
America’s emergence as a regional power saw it launch its first overseas war of conquest towards Spain. By the turn of the 20th century,
accompanying the increase in US power and waning of British power, the American Navy had begun to challenge the notion that Britain ‘rules
the waves.’ Such a notion would eventually see the US attain the status of sole guardians of the Western Hemisphere’s security to become the
order-creating Leviathan shaping the international system with democracy and rule of law. Defining this US-centred system are three
key characteristics: enforcement of property rights, constraints on the actions of powerful individuals and groups and
some degree of equal opportunities for broad segments of society. As a resul...
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