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Hyperpower is a term for the clear world political dominance of a nation or a confederation of states.

For example, after the end of the East-West conflict ( 1990 ), the US's position in global politics is described as that of a hyperpower that leads to a world order in which the US emerged as a regulatory power . The term was coined in 1999 by the then French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine .

Their program of securing peace and fighting terrorism by spreading democracy through humanitarian interventions is also polemically referred to as Pax Americana , based on the Pax Romana .

It is assumed that the US strategy is not aimed at developing democracy, but rather the dominance of the “West” and the freedom of economic activity and, if necessary, to suppress states that attack this supremacy and its supporters with military force.

The publicist Amy Chua describes states or confederations as hyperpowers if they are so powerful that no other power in the world can seriously endanger their military and economic position. Chua mentions ancient Persia , the Roman Empire , the Ottoman Empire and the British Empire as examples of hyperpowers in world history .

See also



  1. Chua, Amy: Day of Empire - How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance, and Why They Fall, New York: Doubleday.
  2. Chua, Amy: Days of Empire, http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Day-of-Empire/Amy-Chua/e/9780385512848