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The Return of Great Power Rivalry: Democracy versus Autocracy from the Ancient World to the U.S. and China

Matthew Kroenig


The United States of America has been the most powerful country in the world for the past seventy years, but will Washington’s reign as the world’s leading superpower continue? The U.S. National Security Strategy declares that the return of great power competition with Russia and China is the greatest threat to U.S. national security and economic well-being. Perhaps surprisingly, international relations scholarship does not have much to say about who wins great power rivalries, and many contemporary analysts argue that America’s autocratic rivals will succeed in disrupting or displacing U.S. g ... More

Keywords: democracy, autocracy, Great Powers, international politics, Russia, China, United States of America, war, alliances, economics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190080242
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190080242.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Kroenig, author
Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University