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  1. A family that is closely linked with the US authorities
    1. A strong commitment to the American political and economic life
    2. The incarnation of the "model family" in the American myth of the Kennedys
  2. A controversial ?clan?
    1. The hidden faces of the Kennedy clan
    2. The end of a myth?

This summary is the presentation of the final level of the organization in the world regarding the issue of the diversities and disparities that exist in the present world. There are states with similarities and differences in their wealth and economic prospects. This document is enriched with maps to help you understand the state of the present world.

The number of States (nearly hundred) has quadrupled since 1945. Decolonization and the collapse of the socialist bloc explain this increase. The breakup of the Soviet Union has created 15 new states. The world political map is never final. The thrust of nationalism and border conflicts, for example, could make it evolve.

A state is defined by the existence of a sovereign authority, of a population and territory. States are more or less extensive, more or less populated. The differences are also economic. Finally, cultures and political systems are also highly diverse. Conflicts between states were rare until the early twentieth century, however, internal conflicts and civil wars are increasing.

Alliances -They are strategic and military: NATO. They are economical - EU, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and may also be cultural- the Francophonie, the Organization of Islamic Conference. The United Nations together account for more than 190 countries worldwide.

Since the USSR and Warsaw Pact forces are gone, the U.S. is the only superpower in the world. They have military bases worldwide and their naval fleet is present in all oceans. They dominate NATO, the most important political and military organization in the world and their influence is predominant in the UN, they are the "armed wing".

Tags: Warsaw Pact, Decolonization, NAFTA, Organization of Islamic Conference

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