Power (international relations)  

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"The Great Game was a political and diplomatic confrontation that existed for most of the nineteenth century between the British Empire and the Russian Empire over Afghanistan and neighbouring territories in Central and Southern Asia."--Sholem Stein

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Power in international relations is defined in several different ways. Modern discourse generally speaks in terms of state power, indicating both economic and military power. The G7, the BRIC nations and the G20 are seen as forum of governments that exercise varying degrees of influence within the international system.

Entities other than states can also be relevant in power acquisition in international relations. Such entities can include multilateral international organizations, military alliance organizations like NATO, multinational corporations like Wal-Mart, non-governmental organizations such as the Roman Catholic Church, or other institutions such as the Hanseatic League.

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