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How did America become the 'only superpower'?

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How did America become the 'only superpower'? WWII left America in a powerful position Bipolar world - 2 superpowers - USA vs. USSR Today - Lead or dominate? The factors making America a superpower are being chief in the following fields: * Economic - Strong economy. Sustainable one with many imports/exports. Oil in Alaska * Military - Huge military force and arsenal * Diplomatic - Very much involved in foreign affairs whether required or not * Ideological - Ideas & resources to practise political & economic theories * Technological - They have the advances in technology * Cultural - They have a world-renowned culture The US takes over countries key to its grasp on the world. Conflicts involving Cuba, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq. They can put a foot in the region and exploit the area. It represses countries without cultural commonalities: the major regional powers. The US has built military alliance with Japan in order to control the growth of China. A close bond with Britain prevents any uprising in Europe. ...read more.

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During the cold War there were 2 superpowers - USA & Soviet Union. They were part of a bipolar world. Each dominates a coalition of allied states and competes with the other superpower for influence in non-aligned states. Each preferred its own hegemony, but knowing that creating a unipolar world would involve armed force and be disastrous for both, they were locked in stalemate. Therefore bipolar existed for four decades until one state could no longer sustain the rivalry. This didn't leave America in complete control as there are many other regional major powers including the Franco-German condominium, Brazil in Latin America, South Africa & Nigeria in Africa etc. End human right abuse in Burma in order to be allowed to rejoin International Community (and be forever grateful to America). Washington's involvement with Cuba. Only serves to prolong tenure of power. Castro has been demonised but support from his countrymen increases by standing tall to the greatest power on earth. Survived 8 presidents. America is able to demonise certain countries and use their influence to dictate to other nations their apparent threat. ...read more.

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Nothing compared to the UK which is somewhere in the region of $4,000,000,000. It equips the world and then complains when things kick off. In a meeting in the Hague on 11-12 September, the United States and 27 other governments agreed that no weapons could be sold if the behavior of a state is, or becomes, a cause for serious concern of the participants. The inclusion of these countries is a useful one to America. As these countries respect their power and would like America to continue running the order for the safeguard of the newly instated countries. Others could potentially damage the unity of NATO and cannot be included in the line-up yet as they could hurt Americas global dominance and dominance within the organisation. Behave with exaggerated respect. You can't expect countries to fully sympathise with yankee greed and passion for global domination. It is going to be difficult for them to maintain as a superpower, because there will always be different combinations and permutations of countries trying to overthrow them. But until a strong coalition is found, US deterioration will only happen from within, when they cannot themselves sustain their power. http://www.zmag.org/chomsky/articles/9303-nation-nafta.html http://www.globalexchange.org/wbimf/ http://www.fas.org/asmp/profiles/sales_db.htm http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/october97/nato2.html ...read more.

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