Present International Political System

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu

Abstract

The present international system can be broadly described as a ‘loose bipolar system’. The term ‘loose bipolar’ represents only a very vague and artificial framework for describing the present situation for the sake of expediency. There are no really adequate terms which could be used to describe precisely what the state of the ‘international political system’ is.

Keywords

Lost Indonesia Haas Rumania Peru 

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Notes

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leo Yueh-Yun Liu
    • 1
  1. 1.Brandon UniversityCanada

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