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Is Global Governance Achievable?

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Another aspect is the political alliances and leverages that exist that are against the globalization in certain nations. “The United Nations, the Eurozone, the post-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States, the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement all” are strong advocates of achieving global democracy and incorporating it (Clark). However behind the advocates of these groups lie Western powers that are not so inclined to let go of their autocratic alliances that have brought them great political and economic gains. A great example is on top of our United Nation’s hegemony, holding veto power in the Security Council is the United States. The United States and NATO were quick to come to the “rescue” of the Libyan people when their oil reserves were at risk, same to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. They sent a military air attack on military bases in Libya and rid of it Muammar Gadhafi. However, when Saudi Arabia faces criticism on crushing rebellions in Bahrain and in Yemen, they turn a blind eye. Saudi Arabia and the United States have enjoyed a long lasting alliance that has benefitted both nations. This alliance was rooted in the twin pillar policy back in the 1960s and was supported by Saudi Arabia’s strong impact on oil prices in OPEC. Furthermore, Obama promised the global community that the Syrian use of Chemicals would be a red line that will cause the Syrian government to face harsh criticism, however when Bashar Al Assad used it in the end of August 2013, nothing was done. The US Administration saw no need to help “spread democracy” in a place that they had no interest in. US response to various breaches by governments in the Middle East serves a prime example of the hypocrisy that is in the way of achieving global democracy.

Other than the time constraints and political ties, democracy is not entirely a necessity in all countries. Kuwait serves as a prime example of this. Although it does suffer from imperfections, Kuwait’s constitutional monarchy also enjoys a parliament. The people are happy living in a tax free, economically healthy, and prosperous country. They elect a parliament that continues their wishes, and they have a love and respect for their ruling family who have become a national symbol. Kuwait enjoys healthy relationships with many Arab and non-Arab nations. This population of 1.4 million is completely satisfied without needing to be completely democratic.

All in all, the efforts put into establishing democracy through the United Nations is appreciated. But the United Nations would benefit more by fixing already existing issues in various countries that are directly affecting the lives of the people. They should be helping people start up their economies in poor regions, re-establish agriculture, build hospitals, and aid those who are in need of help. Achieving global democracy by 2025 is an unrealistic goal that cannot be achieved except in an unrealistic plastic world.


Works Cited

Clark, Josh. "What Is Global Democracy, and What Are Its Major Threats?" How Stuff Works. Discovery, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.

Reiter, Dan. "Democratic Peace Theory." Oxford Bibligoraphies. Oxford, n.d. Web. 20 Apr. 2014.


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