Will the future bring international anarchy or a more stable world order? Now that the Cold War has been replaced by something like a limited co-operation between the Western and the Eastern blocs, it is possible to take a more balanced view of great power relations. This book examines the prospects for the future of the balance of the two super powers - the United States and the Soviet Union - and the role that may be played by that great enigma, China, in the light of the recent history of relations between the powers. The United States and the Soviet Union seem to have reached an understanding in their relations, but the part that may be played by China is unpredictable. It is possible that she too may emerge as a super power, seeing her role as leader of the revolutionary forces in the underdeveloped countries throughout the world - the Third World which has also some influences on international affairs. This question, and many others of vital importance to the whole world, are examined in this book. Nine internationally known scholars contributed the essays in this volume, essays which form a valuable collection of thought and opinion on world affairs.