Policemen of the World Essay
Professor Irina Popova-Nowak
December 11, 2014
The United States of America is considered to be the de-facto dominant force in the contemporary global system. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the US as the only remaining superpower with immense military, political, and diplomatic influence in international relations. The new status come with a number of obligations as it is common to any hegemony, which resulted in the US being regarded to as the world police (Fitzgerald & Ryan, 2014). This paper shall explore how the shift happened and the consequences the US has faced because of its status as the “policemen of the world.”
Policemen of the World
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Technological advancements by the US in the post-1865 period, particularly in transport and communication helped the country to assert its authority over the globe. American values have been spread across the globe courtesy of technological advancement backed by coercion. After the bombing of Japan in 1945, the US occupied the country for a period of about eight years. Advancements in technology enabled the Americans to keep tight control over the occupied territory (Norton, Kamensky, Sheriff, & Blight, 2014).
There are various incidents in which the US has taken the policing role since World War II. First and foremost, since World War II, America has taken on a policing role in democratizing the world. America has covertly and overtly contributed to the toppling of autocratic regimes in the third world. This was evident in the removal of Iddi Amin Dada from power in Uganda and the dislodging of Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq among many other examples of American interventions (Norton, Kamensky, Sheriff, & Blight, 2014).
Moreover, America has taken a leading role in fighting nuclear proliferation. Consequently, this can be seen in its spirited efforts to ensure that North Korea and Iran do not acquire nuclear weapons. Lastly, America takes the leading role…