User:RobSmith/Essay:Understanding Power Politics

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International Power Politics can be best understood by grasping two fundemental issues that are not dependent upon ideology or personalities. They are Trade and Arms production

International trade

  • Either trade crosses borders or armies cross borders.
  • A nation is either an net debtor or net asset holder in the balance of trade.
  • Trade surpluses and trade deficits are like the ebb and flow of tides; likewise manpower in the form of technical experts ebb and flow to nations with trade surpluses.

Arms production

  • A nation is either a net producer or net importer in the arms trade.

Historical examples

Prior to WWI

Net producers

  • Germany
  • France
  • Great Britian

Net importers

  • United States
  • Russia

Prior to WWII

Net producers

  • Germany
  • France
  • Great Britian
  • Japan

Net importers

  • United States
  • Russia
  • China

Cold War

Net producers

  • Germany
  • France
  • Great Britian
  • United States
  • Russia
  • Israel
  • South Africa

Net importers

  • Japan
  • China

Post-Soviet era

Net producers

  • Germany
  • France
  • Great Britian
  • United States
  • Russia
  • Israel
  • China
  • North Korea

Net importers

  • Japan
  • South Africa