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America alone

The sole remaining superpower acts unilaterally because it can get away with it. Europe, via Britain, must respond

By RW Johnson   March 2002

The puzzle persists: why is the world not “ganging up” against “the last remaining superpower?” wrote Josef Joffe, editor of Die Zeit, in June last year. History and theory alike, he claimed, showed that the international system abhors imbalance, that “great power will spawn counter-power.” When the Soviet collapse ended the cold war, the US-led coalition assembled to oppose the Soviet bloc should have broken up and a new alignment of power to balance the US should have emerged. Joffe argued that one reason this did not happen was that the US did not use its power to dominate territory…

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