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Table 6 Internal strength and external relative power of potential blocs

From: A transforming international system and the three approaches to the security dilemma

  Internal strength External relative power Results
Blocs 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 Internal External
American 3 2 1 3 3 3 2 3 2 2,8
European 1 3 3 2 1 2 1 1 2,3 1,4
Russian 2 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 2,7 2,6
Arab 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 0 1,3 1,4
Indic 2 2 3 2 1 1 2 3 2,3 1,8
Chinese 2 3 3 2 2 3 2 3 2,7 2,4
Japanese 3 3 3 2 0 0 0 3 3 1
Latin American 2 2 3 3 3 0 2 2 2,3 2
  1. Key: Internal Strength: 1. Socio-cultural homogeneity, 2. Intra-regional economic interdependence (Free Trade Areas), 3. Geographic proximity; External Relative Power: 1. Existence of natural barriers, 2. Sufficient size, 3. Possession of nuclear weapons and second-strike capability, 4. Potential economic self-sufficiency, 5. Core state; Score: 0. No or negligible, 1. Weak, 2. Medium, 3. Strong.