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Asymmetrical Distribution of Power and the Persistence of the Utilitarian AASR in the Post-Cold War Era

  • Ruike Xu
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Abstract

This chapter explores influence of the distribution of power on the persistence of the Anglo-American special relationship (AASR). The first section measures the distribution of both hard power and soft power between the UK and the USA in the post-Cold War era. Based on the measurement of hard power and soft power of these two countries, this chapter then proposes that the asymmetrical distribution of power of the UK and the USA largely exerts positive influence on the persistence of the AASR in the post-Cold War era. It argues that mutual reciprocity and “the Americans benignly lead and British optionally follow” behaviour model contribute to the persistence of the AASR in the post-Cold War era.

Keywords

Bush Administration Military Expenditure Soft Power Military Power United Nations Security Council 
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  • Ruike Xu
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