By examining the balance of power and power politics of the 20th century as functions of the Cold War, the redistribution of power as political capital can be assessed for post-Cold War actors. The economic and political mechanisms that were the engines of the Cold War are still in place today and can be observed on a different scale. The major actors no longer obliged to maintain a "cold peace" can play out their interests on smaller, regional scales; using proxy wars, political pressure, and various economic instruments. Given the major political shift that has occurred in the world since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the new world order is examined through the lens of globalization. The focus of this dissertation is Russia, as it is the country that has worked hardest over the past decade to shift the international system towards a multipolar balance.
Key words: balance of power; cold war, Russia; Soviet Union; multipolar.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Post-Cold War, Power politics, Russia|
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