Should Malaysia improve its self-defense laws

Power and powers in a multipolar world

Introduction

The epochal upheaval of 1989/90 seemed to have established security and peace in the international order for the foreseeable future. Today, a decade and a half later, it was not only the attacks of September 11, 2001 and the renewed Iraq war that tore the global community out of this dream. So has international politics become more confusing or has it simply returned to its centuries-old normal disorder?
We pursue this key question in this volume. The major powers are at the center of the discussion. The international and regional power centers USA, China, India, Japan, Russia and the EU are examined in individual contributions and the political system, economic power, military strength and foreign policy orientation are presented in each case. These country studies are framed by an analysis of international power constellations, alliances and interests as well as contributions to the diversity of international organizations, with particular reference to NATO and the UN.

Keywords

EU Great Powers International Politics Political System Russia USA International Relations

About the authors

Dr. Michael Piazolo is a full professor of political science at the University of Applied Sciences for Administration and Justice in Berlin.

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