Realism In International Relations

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The most significant threat to the National interests of the United States are traditional state-based, as no other threat has potential to derail our way of life. With state-based threats being the greatest threat to National security, policymakers must first approach international relations from a realist perspective. China 's moves to potentially reject international law demonstrate that power rules in an anarchic world. Despite this rejection of international law, China has created a security dilemma for themselves, creating and opportunity for U.S. retrenchment. The shortfall of realism is that it fails to consider other national interest beyond power. China has served as a world leader on ecological, nuclear, and economic issues, …show more content…
S. policy makers to understand realism when developing the international relations strategies. Dr. Bolan describes the international environment of realism as, "characterized as one of relative ‘anarchy’ and which therefore incentivizes ‘self-help’." China 's actions are also in keeping with Hobbes ' "third law of nature, justice". Hobbes describes justice as beginning and ending with the development of covenants. Without the establishment of agreements of laws and ownership, with a commonwealth with the ability to enforce the law, there cannot be injustice. Hobbes states, "where there is no commonwealth, there is nothing unjust." Despite the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague finding Chinese claims in the South China Sea to be unlawful under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, "China refused to participate in the arbitration and has denounced the decision as “null and void.” China recognizes the international environment of anarchy , and Hobbes theory on the "third law of nature, justice", both principle tenets of realism. Despite agreements as codified by international law and the UN, the inability of the UN to enforce those laws, mirrors Hobbes ' comments on covenants and commonwealths; without the ability to enforce, there is no

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