Essay about The Concept of Power

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Power was always perceived as a gauge by nations’ military might and ability to impose its will on others; however since taking this course, the perception has changed. There are multiple definitions of power. Power can be used to influence other nations to meet the host nation’s intent. Power can be interpreted through economic influence or old fashion brute force among many things. In essence, power is the means in which influence is bestowed unto nations, or in general in order to maintain order or get what is needed. The biggest influence on politic power is money. No one can live without it and we all want more of it. Money can mean the difference between jobs, roads, education, or military strength. Without money, a country …show more content…
According to Kimberly Amadeo, About.Com, “The United States makes up 20% of the world’s economy.” Cutting off ties to the U.S. market would create a major deficit throughout other nations that heavily depend on our spending power. Using means other than military force can be overall more effective. Having the ability to meet the objective without resorting to violence proves a higher moral standard and sensibility. It also allows other nations to be more approachable on other issues that they are trying to solve amongst each other. This does not mean that military action is obsolete; however military responses are a decisive act to a political agenda. It should always be considered, but not always utilized. People have been around for such a long time that it is only right that we consider new ways to solve our differences. Alliances between countries are another example of how to project power. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, is one of many examples. It would first put together to deter Soviet aggression during the Cold War. The Soviet Union created the Warsaw Pact to counter NATO. These alliances bring nations closer together to accomplish common goals. It could be as simple as generating commerce or to protect them from foreign encroachment. In either case, alliances can be a powerful political tool, especially in the international spotlight. Some governments are stubborn and they need a little pressure from multiple nations

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