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Near-Term Emerging Superpowers

Currently, the United States of America is regarded as the world's sole superpower — a term used to describe a country with a significant world-wide influence. However, at some time in the future, another country could become as influential as the United States. Since the early part of this decade, two emerging nations - People's Republic of China and Republic of India - and one evolving supranational entity - the European Union - were referred to, in many media sources, as having the potential be a superpower. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Look up country in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

  • Emerging Superpowers—People's Republic of China
  • Emerging Superpowers—European Union
  • Emerging Superpowers—India

The Peoples Republic of China is often considered a rising superpower due to its large and stable population, its rapidly growing economy, and its rapidly growing military spending and capabilities. ... The European Union contains the former global powers of France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, other former colonial powers such as Portugal and the Netherlands(see bottom of article for full list). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with India. ...

See also

Soft power is a term used in international relations theory to describe the ability of a political body, such as a state, to indirectly influence the behavior or interests of other political bodies through cultural or ideological means. ... A hyperpower is a powerful country that is vastly stronger than any potential rival. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... A major power is a term that encompasses those countries or political entities that cannot be regarded as superpowers, and yet have substantial influence on other states. ... A regional power is a term used in the field of international relations to describe a state with power and influence that allows it to have a certain element of control over its geogaphical region. ... The four BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India and China BRIC is a term used to refer to the combination of Brazil, Russia, India, and China. ... The Second Superpower is a term used to conceptualize a global civil society (including the anti-globalization movement or global justice movement) as a counterpoint to the United States of America. ... In the context of international relations and diplomacy, power (sometimes clarified as international power, national power, or state power) is the ability of one state to influence or control other states. ...

External links

  • Harvard Bulletin - The Paradox of American Power



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