Military power has been always been paramount. The entire history of the world is plagued with the limitations of dominant military powers, starting from ancient Rome, China, France in the 1700s, UK in the 1800s, etc. States with military power use two military strategies by liberalists and realists. The liberalist’s strategy is known as compellence and the realist strategy is deterrence a...
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...er in other forms that their military strength cannot uphold. This is visible in the Vietnam War and terrorist attacks launched against the U.S and other dominant countries. Therefore, Military is strong and cohesive and helps dominant states enforce their desires on weaker but one thing it cannot sustain is asymmetric power.
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