Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Not So Superpowers

Please join The Enosinian Society for our next debate on Wednesday, April 15th at 8:00 pm at The Honors Building, 714 21st St, to debate

Resolved: Superpowers are irrelevant in modern politics.

Throughout history there have been one or more superpowers that have dominated the global agenda through military, economic, and cultural means. The United States has been a solo superpower for fifteen plus years but some see it’s dominance as on the decline. However, others argue that the very concept of superpower is waning and that multi-state organizations like the UN or EU will replace the nation-state great powers. The most serious modern threats to global peace now stem from non-state actors and large powers no longer fight ‘hot’ wars and superpowers are largely helpless in the face of these new threats. On the other hand, superpowers may be the only states influential enough to prevent the outbreak of world conflict and their military and economic clout justifies their enlarged global role. The debate over the relevancy of traditional state superpowers has never been more important or as hotly contested.
This debate will be hosted in collaboration with International Affairs Society and the DPE Sorority.

Is American hegemony irrelevant? Bring your opinions!

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