World Power Trends and U.S. Foreign Policy For the 1980s

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World Power Trends and U.S. Foreign Policy For the 1980s

By Ray S. Cline
Westview Press, 1980
228 pp. $20.00
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This updated assessment of the capabilities of individual states is meant to serve as a basis for U.S. foreign and defense policy planning. The author, who is Director of Studies at the Georgetown University Center for Strategic and International Studies, continues his earlier attempts to develop a unique methodology for looking at global power relationships. The system he uses to measure national strength indicates that in the past decade the United States has fallen 30 percent in perceived power, while the Soviet Union has registered a 20 percent gain. To remedy this, the author proposes that the Free World nations unite in a voluntary peacetime "All-Oceans Alliance" for the protection of the sea lanes vital to their trade.