plus ca change...
"There will no longer be need for spheres of influence, for alliances, for balance of power, or any other of the special arrangements, through which, in the unhappy past, the nations strove to safeguard their security in order to promote their national interests"
Secretary of State Cordell Hull, 1943
War is not the only form of combat, and we are observing the mobilizations to effect the terms of trade for export depedent regimes versus developed consumer based society.
"Wealth" is not denominated in terra firma, and agrarian monopoly no longer guarantees power. No, the wars of today and the future are fought over terms of trade and the transport routes that lubricate them.