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the balance of power

The various magnitudes of power and authority being exerted simultaneously between multiple opposing people, groups, or bodies. With the party's huge sweep in the last election, the balance of power has been dramatically shifted in Washington. If they're able to build a functioning nuclear arsenal, the world's existing balance of power could be in danger.
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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.
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Another great power policy associated with balance of power is non-intervention.
In this Article, I supply a framework for analyzing claims about the balance of power between Congress and the Executive.
Edward Hallet Carr, English historian and diplomat, author of The Twenty Years' Crisis, motivated that International Relations should be based on the balance of power, exemplifying the key role played by Great Britain in world politics.
The background of such a move is the fact that the regime considers that providing assets to Moscow, which seeks to restore the balance of power between itself and Washington, would make of the regime's survival a vital need for Russian diplomacy, one which would make threatening the regime tantamount to threatening Russia.
Apart from regional order, the balance of power would properly constitute the other idea upon which Leifer sought to assess regional relations.
In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt, who hosted the peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after the Russo-Japanese War, argued for the return of Manchuria to Manchu-ruled China and for a balance of power in East Asia.
I argue that the international balance of power has all the characteristics of Hayekian spontaneous order.
Political-security arrangements in the Persian Gulf based on "balance of power" are incapable of maintaining security and stability in the region, especially since the downfall of the Baathist regime in Iraq.
19 elections, a poll showed on Friday, with the anti- immigrant Sweden Democrats failing to hold the balance of power.
Balance of power is essential strategy of world politics.
Sarkis Naoum, quoting unnamed researchers who follow up U.S.-Israeli relations and their impact on the Middle East, said that America's prime concern is to maintain the current balance of power in the region despite its fragility.
However, all the polls show the Lib Dems increasing their tally of seats from their current 62 and holding the balance of power. A number of surveys show the Conservatives topping 300 seats, close to the 326 they need for a majority.
The prospect of a closely-fought election has given Plaid an argument they haven't been able to use since Dafydd Wigley and Dafydd Elis-Thomas first went to Westminster in 1974: if Plaid and the SNP hold the balance of power, they'll be able to use it as a bargaining counter in a bidding war involving their bigger rivals.
Gerry Adams slips as Martin McGuinness wobbles and Bairbre de Brun clings on in there Gerry Adams slips as Martin McGuinness wobbles and Bairbre de Brun clings on in there BALANCE OF POWER BALANCE OF POWER
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.
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