Mia Browne Multi polarity bipolarity and unipolarity Multi polarity is a

Mia browne multi polarity bipolarity and unipolarity

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Mia Browne Multi-polarity, bipolarity, and unipolarity. Multi-polarity- is a distribution of power in which more than two nation-states nearly equal amounts of military, cultural, and economic influence. Bi-polarity- having or marked by two mutually repellent forces or diametrically opposed natures or views. Unipolarity- in international politics is a distribution of pow er in which one state exercises most of the cultural, economic, and military influence. -Mia Browne The Cold War and the balance of power: how was it “balanced”? - Bipolarity with the US and the Soviet Union being the two powers, both practicing nuclear deterrence. (pg 54) (answered by Melanie) Why China’s rise is unpeaceful? (Mearsheimer) -China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea are causing tension in the region. -Japan and South Korea advancing the military. Salina Temesghen (lecture notes) What is “an aspiring hegemon?”
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An aspiring hegemon is a state seeking to obtain dominance in a region, either to establish itself as the great power in a region or to challenge and surpass another dominant state in its region. (paraphrased from pg.55-58) (Answered by: Laura Wernlein) How hegemons see other powerful states? Hegemons see other powerful states as a potential threat. They do not want peers, and would rather that other regions be divided among other great powers so no attention will be on them. Once a great power has become a regional hegemony they want to be the only one (Page 56). Answered by: Marissa Marie Sibbett Why is the China threat “inflated”? -China has a modest strategic nuclear force -China has about only 240 nuclear warheads→ only a handful of ballistic missiles can presently reach the US -US has over 2,000 op. Nuclear warheads→ all of them are capable of reaching China -US has nearly 3,000 nuclear warheads in reserve ( Katra pg pg 58-59) There are three points to this: 1. China is doing this as a sensible defense move motivated by the same concerns for deterrence stability that led the US to create a “strategic triad” back in the 1950s 2. To slow down Chinese nuclear modernization→ we should abandon the futile pursuit of strategic missile defense and bring China to same negotiation framework that capped and eventually reduced the US and Russian arsenals
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