International Relations : The Nuclear Weapons Treaty

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Nowadays, in international relations, there are many norms and sets of rules set by the major global power. Some rules are followed, and some are not likely to be followed by states across the globe. Typically, rules such as the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons are contested by a number of states. For instance, this particular treaty aims to reduce the further spread of nuclear weapons and to maintain peaceful cooperation between countries who currently possess nuclear weapons. In fact, several states do not comply with this treaty and numerous other rules. This list of countries includes North Korea, South Sudan, Israel and some other states. Therefore, in this paper, I aim to examine under what degree these states decide not to comply with global norms particularly, the nuclear weapons treaty. Furthermore, I also seek an answer to under what condition the North Korea pursues nuclear power and focuses extensively on their military strength. I will use the Realism, Constructivism, and finally Individualism theories to explain this argument. These three international relations theories will provide three different perspectives which will certainly explain why North Korean military spending over-performs their GDP and what objectives they hope to achieve as a result of this action. Moreover, I will also compare another states’ similar cases to North Korea in order to further develop my argument. The comparative perspective is salient because they will likely
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