Category: 21st Century

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The Twenty-First Century CE, i.e. 2001 to 2100

In contemporary history, the 21st century began with the United States as the sole superpower in the absence of the Soviet Union, while China begins its rapid rise to become the next superpower and the BRIC countries aim to create more balance in the global political and economic spectrum. As the Cold War was over and terrorism on the rise, exemplified by the September 11, 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, the United States and its allies turned their attention to the Middle East and North Africa. (1)

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