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    This 5-page paper supports the view that the world order has reflected geoeconomics, rather than geopolitics sinc the 1990s. Examples used to support this thesis are the end of the Cold War, the rise of globalization and the idea that economics is the real power in the 21st century. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

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    it, the world order, reflects the idea geoeconomics, rather than the concept of geopolitics. This would, for the most part, be a true assessment for a variety of reasons, among  them, the end of the Cold War, the rising tide of globalization, and the recognition by most people and governments that economics (rather than guns) provide the strongest tool for  successful rule and governance. This paper will examine each of these topics to determine the validity of the above statement. While historians  and theorists dont necessarily agree on the dates, likely as not the Cold War officially was launched in 1947. This was the year during which diplomat George Kennan writing under  the name "Mr X." wrote about "containment" in the July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine (Sookdeo, 1993). The containment of which Kennan wrote concerned containment of the Soviet Union  and its "red threat" - that of communism. Containment formulated that basis of American foreign policy for the next 40 years as Kennan implored that the U.S. resist the Soviet  Union where American interests were threatened and whenever and wherever the Soviets sought to gain more power (Sookdeo, 1993). This led to such major skirmishes as the Korean War, the  Vietnam War, and the problems along the Suez Canal in the late 1960s (Sookdeo, 1993). As a result, the world was divided along political lines - those supporting the U.S.  and those supporting the U.S.S.R. Countries who were too small or weak to make the choice were the battlegrounds for conflict. Economic policy was used as a tool of containment  by the U.S. (Sookdeo, 1993). The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Marshall Plan, all economic instruments to fuel the geopolitical reality that it was "us or them" (Sookdeo, 

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