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date: 11 November 2019

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With the disintegration of the bipolar pattern and the end of the Cold War, the international strategic powers divided and reorganized at a quicker speed, becoming multipolar and dispersed. The international strategic pattern imposes more and more restrictions on war. In the post-Cold War period, those past various contradictions covered under the bipolar pattern suddenly burst out, among which ethnic hostility, religious conflicts, and boundary disputes are most common. These elements lead to incessant armed conflicts and wars. However, as the background of big powers' striving for supremacy has disappeared, these armed conflicts and wars are fought only in one country or in one certain region.

Keywords: twenty-first century war, Cold War, strategic powers, multipolar order, bipolar order, armed conflict

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