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Tellingly, the 1987 Acapulco Commitment for Peace, Development and Democracy was quietly dropped by the US government when the Cold War ended, and Latin America was perceived not to be a priority issue in the security of the USA. Canada has been somewhat more successfully integrated into the security system of the USA. Paradoxically, Canada has needed to achieve a degree of military support from the USA to reduce the possibility of annexation. 63 During the Cold War the USA was able to exploit Canada's need of support, and use it - along with Latin America - for its own security purposes.

Like most of those empires, it has pursued many essentially altruistic policies, alongside those of economic expansion and the search for political and military pre-eminence in world affairs. Following the World Wars, which left the maritime empires of Britain, France, Germany and other states in steep decline, there were only three such empires which retained their position relatively unscathed: America, Russia and China. Of these, the close involvement of America and Russia in the defeat of the Axis and their greater levels of economic strength and military might, compared to China, have long been recognised as key factors in their rise to post-War pre-eminence in global politics.

This comparison is made more important by evidence of convergence between the USA and Canada and this, too, will be examined in this chapter. In making such a survey of trends towards instability in the USA, it must be noted at the outset that our approach is not simply to highlight one aspect or factor of the American way of life, or of the American economy, as a potential source of instability. It is to search for any such trends in whatever sector, rather than to impose a more strict definition of the aspects of contemporary America to be examined.

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