Is Unipolarity Peaceful?
Unipolarity is more peaceful than what theorists predict. In causal terms, its dynamics might be less unidirectional than what is often assumed. First, contrary to Monteiroâ€™s assumption, the character of todayâ€™s aggregation mechanisms is not adversarial. This is because the nature of polarity has changed over time. Second, in contrast to domestic alliance aspects, Monteiroâ€™s structural inclinations lead him to overlook the importance of domestic politics when analyzing the targets of the unipoleâ€™s â€˜temptation to re-engineer the systemâ€™. Third, since Monteiro believes that wars against smaller states are very likely, he seems to assume a deterministic stance, thereby leaving no room for US diplomacy to reject such determinism at opportune moments. Finally, neglecting economic aspects, Monteiro does not recognize the socio-political effects of the security-economics nexus on smaller states.
Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3-4 (July)
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