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    Kyouri Kai
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    United States Super Power

    Post by Kyouri Kai on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 12:22 am

    So as not to throw the Obama spending thread too far off topic, I opted to start a new thread based upon the 'super power' discussion that was emerging there. I found this article written in November of 2008:
    ToTheCenter wrote:United States Superpower Status in Decline - According to Report
    A report from The National Intelligence Council which is made up by the 16 intelligence agencies present in the United States, says America’s billing as the ‘World Superpower’ is lessening, as it predicts by 2025, the two biggest Asian countries China and India will create a ‘Multipolar Global Order’ joining the States grasp at the top of the world.

    Just how the United Kingdom
    were the sole superpower in the 19th Century, America took on that mantle in the 20th Century, being the true leader of world democracy and being the saviour in the Great 2nd world war, now coming into the 21st Century the power structures are again changing like they have in the past.

    Now democracy won’t be at the forefront of politics, with the collapse and defeat of authoritarian governments (Fascists and Communists) in the previous century, as with Russia’s and China’s semi-open democracy which is a hybrid, won’t be the issue. According to the report it is the broadening of terrorism which is the real threat, yet apparently Al-Qaida’s threat is going to wane as they struggle to gain support from the Islamic World by alienating most and only recruiting few. However in general, there will be a rise in terrorist threats as deadly technological warfare such as chemical weapons become easier to access.

    This shift to the East is major, throughout modern times (since the middle ages) it has been European empires and then the United States who have constructed the shape of the world, now we see the influence coming from the growth of China, India, and even Brazil.

    What’s more governments are going to yield less power in the ever-increasing globalized world, networks from corporations, religious organizations, and crime syndicates continue to have an increasing control of socio-economic and political issues. While due to population growth, there will be enhanced pressures on supplies of the necessities which include energy, food and water, which are even in short supply in many regions of the world.

    In summary though, it all means that there will be “less room for the U.S. to call the shots,” according to the report, yet previous reports from the same source have been incorrect on certain trends. For instance in 1980, when Japan were the equivalent of a China today, one felt it was going to be the future economic giant, yet we saw what happened – Japan experienced a long downward spiral in their markets later on the in 1980’s. While America soared with the introduction of major computer giants, such as Microsoft and Apple.

    Whatever the future does hold, it is sure to relate to new forms of threats, and new structures of governance to take precedence, where classic governments hold less power due to the many factors in the world climate of today.
    http://tothecenter.com/news.php?readmore=7711
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    Post by Watari on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 12:30 am

    Power is a fluctuating entity in itself, one cannot hold the seat of power for too long as it seems to just naturally move around from place to place, it was only a matter of time before the U.S. lost it's hold on being the guys at the top as we have seen in the past decade the slow rise of the Asian markets, while we had our focus on Iraq, China was slowly milking our cows behind our backs, so to speak and really I almost want to say that it's going to be like that for some time now unless the U.S. can somehow stop the exploding growth that China has going on. They seemed to have a bit of a slump for a bit when the U.S. was fluctuating but now that we're not busy freaking out over the stock market I can see China sprint up from behind to sort of take the lead in a lot of areas where the U.S. once dominated.
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    Post by Kyouri Kai on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 12:47 am

    I can't say I know much about the term 'Super Power', so my opinion is totally based on layman observation only. I see the U.S. as still being considered a super power, but a super power that is hanging on by it's nails. Now back in 1994, so we're talking what... 16 years ago... I had a debate with a former military guy who kept spouting off that Germany was the country to look out for in the future and I kept coming back with China. Even to this day I don't 'see' the India option, but again, I know very little about this stuff. There is a saying that I always found enlightening - "Beware of sleeping giants." Now my ignorant mind at least knew that the size of China alone meant they were a giant, not to mention their population and imports even 16 years ago. Honestly, China emerging as a Super Power scares the crap out me. Let's just hope that Obama brings about some 'change' that will help us pull ourselves back up on the ledge before we slip.
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    Post by Watari on Wed 03 Feb 2010, 12:30 pm

    I don't see India as being much a threat in the way of becoming a Superpower, much of their nation is still very under-developed, China on the other hand has many, many resources at their disposal as well as a good chunk of the worlds population so I think if India ever starts to become more economically developed and technologically developed then they could possibly become a force to reckon with when it comes to being a Superpower. But right now I only see China taking that leap into that seat, Japan could if they really wanted to as well.

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