A review of balance of power theory reveals that three nations, each in competition with the others, seldom enjoy that stability of relationship necessary for extended peace. The United States-China-Soviet Union triangle may prove to be different because of increasing emphasis on and attention to communication; it must prove different because of potential consequences.
Platte, William A.
"Reflections on Multipolarity,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 31
, Article 6.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol31/iss2/6