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Table 2.

U.S. National Interests, 1945–2014

SecurityProsperityValues
protect U.S. citizens and territory maintain access to resources promote democracy 
prevent rise of great power rivals maintain access to transit routes promote capitalism 
prevent spread of weapons of mass destruction maintain access to markets prevent genocide (1991) 
SecurityProsperityValues
protect U.S. citizens and territory maintain access to resources promote democracy 
prevent rise of great power rivals maintain access to transit routes promote capitalism 
prevent spread of weapons of mass destruction maintain access to markets prevent genocide (1991) 
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