Western states and Security Concerns

1438 WordsJul 16, 20186 Pages
Realism philosophers such as Glaser affirm that, ‘the international system is anarchic –there is not an international authority that can enforce agreements and prevent the use of force’ . This assertion facilitates the analysis and understanding of the role that each state ought to adopt to survive in a world where the lack of authority at the highest level primes. Furthermore, such anarchism promotes the individual strengthening of the states, which in turn, are compelled to accumulate sufficient power to protect their national interests. For example, during the period of the cold war, superpowers such as the United States of America (US) and the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) initiated a long-term run for the world…show more content…
In effect, due to the US political power, different sanctions against the DPRK have been promoted and actively supported by the international community . These sanctions include restrictions on arms deals, banned trade in technology, travel bans, and economic embargoes. Hence, one might think that realistic measures adopted by the North Americans have served to protect not only its current national interests, but also to neutralize potential enemies which may represent, in the long term, a threat to its hegemonic place. In summary, the US favors the realistic political approach to address security concerns due to the absence of a superior entity which can protect its national interests. Equally, the US embraces hegemonic desires which actively require its political participation and influence in the international arena. On the other hand, realist principles directly promote, among states, the necessity of being powerful in order to guarantee their own security in such anarchic environment. Hence, a credible military force is highly required as a compact shield against tangible threats where the power of politics is not sufficient. Even though, the strength of the military should be supposedly employed for defensive purposes; this power has also been often used to neutralize states in the
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