The United States As Powers Within The International System

1691 Words May 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Although the United States remains the world’s lone superpower, it is no longer a hyperpower that can bully potential contenders. The rest of the world is catching up. A change from unipolarity to multipolarity is one could facilitate a return nations struggling for power and prestige through war. While some might say a return to this system could destroy todays relative peace amongst great powers, they are incorrect. A return to multipolarity could show us that several emerging powers will emerge to join the United States as powers within the international system. It does not tell us how multipolarity will effect international governance. The question is whether emerging powers accept or resist the western order that will exist when they inevitably fully mature. This largely depends on what roles emerging powers, such as China, decide to play. They could become supporters, who assume a fair share of responsibilities associated with co-managing an evolving global order, or they can seek to destroy the existing order and replace it with something different. As emerging powers still do not possess the ability to supplant the United States as a leader in the international world order, they are forced to work within it if they seek positive relations with the United States. Moving forward, as the United States loses relative power, the international order will become multipolar and both existing and potential new international institutions will reflect the interests of emerging…
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