Policy Brief: The Reemergence of Bipolarity – University of Copenhagen

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31 July 2018 Policy Brief: The Reemergence of Bipolarity

This Policy Brief by Øystein Tunsjø argues that the current international system has returned to bipolarity and discusses neorealist propositions about the stability, balancing, and “sameness” of a bipolar system. Contending that Waltz’s neorealist theory remains unfinished since he did not account for different patterns of balancing behavior or examined the relative stability between two bipolar systems, it refines Waltz’s structural realist theory and develops a new geostructural realist theory. Geostructural realism maintains that although it is important whether the international system is bipolar or has some other structure, geopolitics heavily affects stability and balancing among the top ranking states.

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