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  1. Introduction
  2. The Current Position of the United States
  3. Assessing the Current Position of the United States
  4. Defining Terrorism
  5. Conclusion

Over the course of the last two centuries, the United States has established itself as an economic, political and military leader in the international community. Although it is quite evident that the US has been the dominant world power throughout the course of the twentieth century, like many great empires, the United States appears to be on the decline. In addition to the fact that the US is not the thriving economic center that it once was, current economic data on other countries and regions of the world suggest that the US will continue to decline as developing nations push toward industrialization. Despite this reality, the United States government continues to press forward asserting its primacy and hegemony in the international community.With the realization that the US as an empire is one the decline, there is a clear impetus to examine how the government's primacy will impact the nation with respect to the international community. Using this as a basis for investigation, this research seeks to answer the following question: Is US primacy actually a stimulus to war, or a means of achieving international order? Through a careful consideration of what has been written about US hegemony and its impact on the development of international relations, it will be possible to demonstrate that US primacy is a precipitant of war.

[...] Rather, according to Heiss, the US developed a policy of positive foreign development in which the government would not exert its authority over nay territory or country unless there was a positive, altruistic need to do so. Having been oppressed by the imperialist powers during the colonial age, the United States had made a commitment to pursue anti-imperialist policies to substantiate international development. Although Heiss argues that the policies adopted by the US were indeed anti- imperialist in nature, he contends that in the past two centuries, the United States has only been able to sustain this ideology in theory. [...]


[...] Thus, terrorist acts perpetuated against the US are a direct response of groups to the political actions pursued by the US. For this reason, the US government cannot make the argument that terrorism will proliferate unless the US stops it from occurring. Using the definition proposed by the US government, terrorism will continue to occur only if the policies enacted by the US continue to offend clandestine or subnational groups. Therefore, the best way to stop the spread of terrorism is to develop more uniform policy that seeks international peace, rather than the expansion of America's empire. [...]


[...] Abu-Manneh goes on to further argue that while the system of ?cooperation? that had been established in the Cold War worked well for the US to achieve a high degree of cooperation among its allies, when communism fell and the world order? was established, the Untied States had to contend with more dissention among individual countries. In an effort to bring these countries in line, the United States has had to use coercion and military power. Even though Abu-Manneh recognizes that the Untied States has been highly effective in its efforts to maintain its power in the post-Cold War era, the impact of the actions taken by the US has ultimately had ramifications for the development of the international community. [...]

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