Great Power Concert: Competition, Cooperation, and Stability in East Africa
AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES
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The interaction between the United States and China is likely to be the most critical international relationship over the next century. As China continues its rise and threatens to shift the international system towards a bipolar world, American politicians are waiting to uncover China s intentions. Current hawkish rhetoric and the expansion of military capabilities by both sides, portray a deterministic view of an inevitable great power war. Although the United States has maintained a policy of engagement with China, there is talk of attempts to contain the developing state. Unfortunately, any attempts by the United States to contain China s expansion or stunt its economic growth are not only likely to fail but could force the states into a violent conflict. The United States and China need to establish confidence-building measures through cooperation to better comprehend each state s intentions. If both states desire influence and greater development in the international system, each must find common ground with the other. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the potential for great power cooperation focused on stability and development in East Africa. This area provides greater opportunity for common ground because it is outside of the two great powers main spheres of influence, requires outside assistance to maintain regional stability, and has a significant potential for economic growth. A cooperative effort such as this, could not only help diffuse the tensions between the two states, but also improve the livelihood of East Africans while increasing potential gains for American and Chinese interests. This paper develops a cooperative framework based on three main pressures which influence a political leader s decision to enter a cooperative agreement domestic will, interstate relations, and international image.
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