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The United States and the great powers : world politics in the twenty-first century

Author: Barry Buzan
Publisher: Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2004.
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Arguing that we live in a world where great powers - such as China and the EU - are not helpless in the face of the United States, this text contends that the other major nations of the world must work alongside the US in order to counter-balance America's current dominance of the international political scene.
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Buzan, Barry.
United States and the great powers.
Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2004
(OCoLC)607525262
Online version:
Buzan, Barry.
United States and the great powers.
Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2004
(OCoLC)609301626
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barry Buzan
ISBN: 0745633749 9780745633749 0745633757 9780745633756
OCLC Number: 56660636
Description: xi, 222 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Identity and polarity. Identity ; Polarity in theory and practice ; Great powers: a troubled concept? ; Rethinking definitions: superpowers, great powers and regional powers. --
pt. 2. Three scenarios for the future. What we are now: one superpower and several great powers ; Options for the future I: two or three superpowers and a few great powers ; Options for the future II: no superpowers and several great powers. --
pt. 3. US foreign policy and the scope for action. Understanding the turn in US foreign policy ; Conclusions: Where to from here?
Responsibility: Barry Buzan.

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The idea that world politics can be understood in terms of a US dominated unipolarity became generally accepted during the 1990s. Following the September 11 attacks, however, US foreign policy took  Read more...

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