Superpower

Superpower refers to a powerful state with a dominant position which can influence international affairs.

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It is a powerful state with a dominant position.
The existence of a dominant power helps to have a final call when there is no consensus. The final calls made by the superpower may be influenced by its biases.
It can influenece international affairs.
The existence of a superpower helps to avoid indecision and disarray on international affairs. The balance of international affairs may be tilted due to the biases of the superpower.

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Vladimir Putin: "Russia is in favour of a multipolar world, a democratic world order, strengthening the system of international law, and for developing a legal system in which any small country, even a very small country, can feel itself secure, as if behind a stone wall.", Interview for Indian Television Channel, January 18, 2007, [URL]
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