Essay on Does Globalization Make War More Or Less Likely?

1856 Words Oct 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Does globalization make war more or less likely?
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War has been an unavoidable human convention for thousands of years; whether it to be for land, religion, or ideology, mankind has almost always been in one conflict or another. But since World War II, inter-state war has declined during the process of globalization. Globalization is the economic, political, and social interconnecting of the world. This process has made war, the physical conflict between states, difficult to occur and therefore less likely to occur. Many aspects of globalization have done this, including the advent of nuclear weapons, world allies, the spread of democracy, and economic interdependence. The threat of violence is a strong weapon to wield during interactions between other people or states. Part of a state’s power comes from its threat of military action. Until recently, states used this power as a, as Karl von Clausewitz said in On War, “continuation of politics by other means” (Heywood 250). States used force, or the threat of force, to make other states do as desired. In this new age of globalization, however, the threat of force is much more of a high stakes game than before. Since the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, the threat of nuclear weapons has become one of the main deterrents to war. An example of this is the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Both sides were nuclear armed and knew about the other being armed…

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