The distribution of power among states

Realists of various stripes think that the distribution of power among states is important to explain why and when states go to war. However, Realists disagree on what specific distribution (for example, bipolarity vs. multipolarity; a roughly balanced distribution of power vs. a preponderance of power; a situation of deep and inevitable decline for a powerful state) is more likely to lead to war. Can you identify and explain two (of several possible) Realist arguments about the effects of the distribution of power on the risk of war? Which one do you find more convincing? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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