Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts


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If one state or power structure exercises total power within an international system, this would be considered an example of:

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1. Which refers to the concept of power, or military might, being evenly distributed among a variety of states, so that no single state is able to dominate the others?

2. An arrangement in which numerous states commit to defend any one member state with a collective response, would be considered an example of:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The study of international affairs and foreign policy introduces us to some complex issues, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you ensure your understanding of some key terms related to these issues. Some of the vocabulary terms you'll be accessed on include balance of power.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on definitions of:

  • Balance of power
  • Arrangement were states commit to defend other member states with a collective response
  • When countries act in a mutually beneficial fashion
  • Power is given among numerous states

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about foreign policy in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding foreign policy and world conflicts and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as balance of power

Additional Learning

To learn more about balance of power and other key international policy issues, review the accompanying lesson Understanding the Balance of Power, Polarity & Collective Security in World Conflicts. The lesson covers the following points:

  • Defining balance of power
  • Defining polarity, unipolarity, bipolarity, and multipolarity
  • Defining literalism, unilateralism, bilateralism, and multilateralism
  • Defining collective security