1. At the top of its infuence, a superpower doesn't need to issue threats; its wishes are known and respected. 2. A step down the ladder of decline, a superpower needs to use threats, and the more specific and the more targeted the threats, the more they are an indicator of decline. 3. Another step down, the superpower threats a lot and sometimes the threats are ignored and forgotten and sometimes materialized. 4. The decline hits its low point when other players asssume structural positions of power (e.g. by funding UN agenciess). The US is in position 2, but steadilly is moving downwards.
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