Does the United States face a multipolar future? Washington's response through the lens of technology

James Johnson* (Corresponding Author)

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Does the United States still harbor ambitions to regain its (albeit fleeting) unipolar status? Or is it instead resigned to existence as simply one of a number of great powers in a multipolar era? In what ways is the increasingly multipolar strategic environment encouraging new forms of competition that may threaten stability? Alternatively, will the increasingly competitive US-China relationship dominate world politics, creating what would therefore be a new bipolarity? International Relations (IR) scholars have long recognized the central role that technological innovation plays in power transitions, the balance of power, and international politics and security more broadly. IR scholars of various stripes have also begun to reflect on the nuanced relationship between advances in technology, the rise of new powers and political and military prominence in the international order, and responses to these trends by dominant powers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNational perspectives on a multipolar order
Subtitle of host publication Interrogating the global power transition
EditorsBenjamin Zala
Place of PublicationManchester, UK
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5261-5936-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-5261-5937-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


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