the balance of power

the balance of power

the situation where the power held by one governing body or adversary is balanced by the power of another. The balance of power was threatened when China captured our airplane.
See also: balance, of, power
References in classic literature ?
Pierre had managed to start a conversation with the abbe about the balance of power, and the latter, evidently interested by the young man's simple-minded eagerness, was explaining his pet theory.
the balance of power in Europe and the rights of the people," the abbe was saying.
It had started its first newspaper in Japan, and elected its first deputy in Argentina; in France it named members of cabinets, and in Italy and Australia it held the balance of power and turned out ministries.
John knew what was at the back of it, and to hear him engaged with her husband in argument about finance and the balance of power, gave her an odd sense of stability.
I think we were all more or less shaken by the frightfulness of the tragedy--until Olson remarked that the balance of power now rested where it belonged.
Plaid Cymru could hold the balance of power, forcing the government to give Wales a fighting chance.
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Assad and his supporters -- Hezbollah and Iran -- understand that the balance of power on the ground is not favoring the opposition.
This phase requires reshaping relations anew, especially as the Arab countries with traditional position in the balance of power are going through difficulties.
From Richard Cobden (1878, 1-21) onward, one element of international relations has had an especially bad press among classical liberals: the balance of power between states, which has been seen as a major cause of war and destruction.
Washington's continued concentration on the balance of power risks disrupting natural power equations, potentially exacerbating the conflict between Iran and the United States and other regional states.
The balance of power is at the heart of the nation-states politics where prudent and rational state elites aim at achieving, if they cannot do even better.
ISLAMABAD, July 14, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Central Secretary Information Fauzia Wahab has reiterated that PPP led incumbent Government was committed to restore the 1973s constitution in its real spirit by defining the balance of power between the presidency and the Prime Minister.
This movement, often referred to as the "State Sovereignty Movement," is more properly referred to as the "Tenth Amendment Movement" because it is not a movement to affirm the absolute freedom and independence of each state, but instead a movement to restore the balance of power between the states and the federal government within the union in accordance with the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.