Great Power Relations: What Makes Powers Great and Why Do They Compete
CNA ANALYSIS AND SOLUTIONS ARLINGTON VA ARLINGTON United States
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What does great power competition mean and why might it be happening This paper deconstructs those questions to take a deeper look at what makes powers great and how various explanatory frameworks within international relations scholarship predict great power interaction under different conditions. The intention here is to pull the critical assumptions built into policy documents and senior leader statements to the forefront, facilitating dialogue on a rapid and dynamic shift in US national security focus. In other words, this paper is designed to explore the most critical features of emerging strategic documents, the what and the why of great power competition.