Roles of the United States, Russia, and China in the New World Order: An Introduction
Russian leaders and scholars did not anticipate, nor did any intelligence experts or leaders in the West — or for that matter in China — predict the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany, the liquidation of the socialist system in East European countries and the Warsaw Pact coalition, and finally the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991. The former Soviet republics, including Russia, became supplicants for American economic aid in utter desperation. Our world, which appeared to have settled into a comforting and reassuring equilibrium between the United States, the Soviet Union and China, was suddenly sent spinning in an international ‘anarchy,’ calling for a new balanced rearrangement. The United States emerged as the sole superpower in world politics — an unusual, almost an exceptional, development in modem history.
KeywordsForeign Policy Nuclear Weapon Lateral Pressure World Order World Politics
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