The modern political and economic setup in the international relations

DateIntroductionThemodern political and economic setup in the international relationsspace is dominated by a few states as the leading economies andpolitical powerhouses. The most dominant country in this position isthe United States, a nation that relates to others as the superpower.Just like in the Machiavellian times, the United States can be viewedas ThePrincein the modern world, from the perspective of international relations.The United States can be viewed as the Machiavellian prince in themodern world because of its leading economy and being a dominantsuperpower as a political force. Based on his writings, Machiavelliwould have advised the United States to maintain her superpowerstatus in the world. Machiavellian View on U.SSuperpower StatusTheUnited States is the leading economy and political state thatdominates as a prince, just like in the Machiavelli’s ThePrince.This creates a need for protecting the superpower status, just likethe Machiavellian prince had a role to protect the kingdom. Thedimensions of protecting and maintaining the superpower status aredifferent from those of the Machiavellian time because of theadvancements in the political, economic and social status (Femia 9).Currently, the United States is The Prince that seeks to dominateother countries in four dimensions economically, technologically,militarily and politically. Despite the differences, the UnitedStates has to act, think and behave like the Machiavellian prince tostay afloat as the superpower. Therefore, the Machiavellian view ofmaintaining the prince is relevant in the case of the United Statesto maintain the superpower status.Tomaintain the superpower status, the United States dominates byrelating favorably with other countries in terms of economic exchangelike trade, technology and labor. While the economic and otherdimensions of international relations are important in dominating theworld as the modern day prince, the political dominance is whatmostly relates to the Machiavellian view and advice on the superpowernation (Femia 12). The changes in the dimensions of the superpowerstatus can be attributed to the desire for control of the policiesmade in the world agenda by various nations (Huntington1).To take this control, nations seek political dominance over othercountries which is what the United States has achieved. The UnitedStates dominates in the political level, as it controls most of theglobal political opinions as a superpower, just as in theMachiavellian argument of the prince.Machiavelliwould advise the United States to secure more power in the globalarena and maintain that power in order to stay as a superpower. Thisis because global politics are the source of power that creates thedominance attributable to the superpower status (Huntington 1). Inboth the internal politics and international relations, globalpolitics is about power and the struggle for the maintenance of thepower over other nations (Huntington1).In agreement with Huntington’sargument,global politics are dependent upon the players that are involved inspecific issues that are settled on the international scene. In thecase of the United States as a superpower, the position is earned byacquiring power through global politics and maintaining the statusthrough the maintenance of the power.Accordingto Machiavelli, the concentration of power involves taking thecontrol of the state by preventing both internal and externaldissents against the prince. Taking the United States as the prince,Machiavelli would advise that the country concentrates its effortstowards gaining more power (Ardito4).In agreement with Machiavelli, this is the way countries in themodern world are seeking to dominate others through power. This isachieved through global politics and situations that seek to presentthe dominant state, as seen in the cold war (Huntington1).The cold war was a strong example of the way the United Statesacquired its current power through the victory of power struggle withthe Soviet Union.Thecold war gave a platform for the United States to fulfill theMachiavellian view that states should achieve control by defeatingthe enemy. In this case, the enemy was the Soviet Union, whose searchfor economic and political dominance was based on the communistideology (Huntington1).At the same time, the United States sought its dominance through theeconomic and political ideology of capitalism. As Machiavellirecommends, the prince should win a war and ensure that the victoryis guarded at all time. This is the case that reflected the dominanceof the United States in the world, and over the Soviet Union and thecontrol it gave the country over others in the world (Ardito7).This is the control that the United States acquired in the world, andseeks to guard and maintain. Maintaining Superpower byall meansMachiavelliwould support that the United States should secure and maintain thesuperpower status and interests by all means necessary. The UnitedStates has lived up to this principle as it has guarded jealously thestatus of being a superpower in the world. The cold war was thestruggle that determined which state was stronger than the other, andwas the symbolic fight for control that the Machiavellian prince hadto undergo. The cold war involved the use of all means to securecontrol and gain dominance over other states, especially the opposingSoviet Union (Huntington1).The end of the cold war was the beginning of the start of thesuperpower status in the United States, as no other state hadachieved such a great level of control or dominance in the globalnews.TheUnited States has taken the necessary measures and taken thenecessary policies to ensure that it maintains the superpower status.One of the means that the United States has engaged in with othercountries is diplomacy. The United States uses diplomacy to keep anyenemy at bay from countries that it has interests in. To do this, theUnited States has made diplomatic ties with the western countriesthat share the same ideologies that the U.S has. Some of thecountries are the Western Europe, such as Britain, France and Canada(Huntington1).The United States has also engaged in diplomacy to securerelationships with countries that are seen to be violent oraggressive against other states (Huntington1).This is the spirit that the United States is approaching the war onterror with Islamic countries, to cooperate with them in curbingviolent threats. ConclusionThe United States fought forthe achievement of the superpower status since the onset, developmentand the results of the cold war. To maintain the superpower, thecountry has over time applied policies and measures that reflect theMachiavellian principles. Based on his writings, Machiavelli wouldhave advised the United States to maintain her superpower status inthe world through the use of all means.


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