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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Military Force or Rational Negotiations?

I believe that rational negotiations are becoming a more central part of world politics today. In this day and age, more than any other time in history, communication is stressed as key and is sought after in dealing with the players in the international community. Countries have realized the importance of attempting to solve problems peacefully and nobody desires war. Ideally, which is what liberals hold out, rational negotiations would be enough to settle disputes without the use of force. However, in reality that's never going to necessarily be enough or be all that it takes to settle disputes. Military force is going to remain a dominant part of every country.
However, the threat of military force is what often makes negotiations possible. No country is realistically going to stop maintaining or building up their military because it is needed as back-up and incentive for peace keeping. Take the Cold War as the prime example, both the United States and the Soviet Union had the capacity to take the other out, yet neither desired to because there was the threat of the other. In essence, by demonstrating that each had immense military force, it became possible for communication to resolve the disputes between the two countries. Thus, fortunately making it the "Cold War" instead of World War III.
Basically, I agree with the realists who declare that military force will always remain a central part of world politics, only it will be the threat of that force, not the use of it. In such an advanced world, where militaries have such high-tech weapons, most rational people will feel an incentive to communicate and negotiate as much as possible with each other, making these negotiations a central part of world politics.


Blogger EmilyM said...

Military power might produce more negotiations with similar powers, but I also think military force from a major power can try and force smaller countries to do what it wants. Hopefully this doesn't happen often, but this side of realism isn't very good.

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