What makes a country a superpower?How has the emergence of the USA affected the world?

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shake99 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A superpower has the abiltiy to militarily, politically, and econcomically influence all areas of the world, not just those in its immediate geographical area. The United States has exerted this  kind of influence in the world since World War II. Our influence is seen in the emergence of other countries that align with us politically and help us further our global agenda.


e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The United States has impacted the world in a number of ways. Spreading capitalism in principle and deed might be America's greatest legacy, but the US has also attempted to protect the interests of capitalist democracy around the world with arms. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The United States is able to throw its weight around manipulate other countries to do what we want. That is what makes it a superpower. However, every superpower has its day, but only for a short time. Eventually another country will usurp us.