Sample International Relations Essay Paper on Kissinger in Absolute Security

            Henry Kissinger saw the period after 1945 as one that determined structures of international systems, the role of diplomacy and the scope of the conflict. He believed that Soviet insecurity could only be subdued through the enforcement of a world order (Dueck, Colin). World powers U.S inclusive, were largely defenseless and according to him only absolute security which would involve neutralizing the enemy, was considered the only sufficient assurance. This concept implied that if one nation had total security, it would subject other countries to absolute insecurity.

The emergence of third world countries and the nature of nuclear era military meant that man would require adjusting on how power was defined. The rise of China and the Soviet Union as nuclear powers meant that there was an urgent need to analyze what is understood by power and the balance of it in the nuclear age (Lehmann, Jennifer M, and Harry F Dahms). His assessment of threats posed by Sino-soviet bloc would overturn military equilibrium. The U.S had close ties with the Soviet Union but still had to look at the defense of the Eurasian continent, and therefore there was the need to create of thermal nuclear to deter the Soviet bloc from a major war or aggression in areas that could not be defended by an indigenous effort (Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa).

Kissinger viewed America as an island of power but which was in danger from the Soviet capability. Therefore, the survival of the U.S in a big way depended on preventing Eurasia (another island of power) from falling under the control of the Soviet Union as a single power. This would have been catastrophic had Eurasia exploited its resources a situation that would have led to an overpowering threat

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Lehmann, Jennifer M, and Harry F Dahms. Globalization Between The Cold War And Neo-Imperialism. 1st ed., Amsterdam, Elsevier JAI, 2006,.

Dueck, Colin. Hard Line. 1st ed., Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2010,.