International Relations In The Cold War

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The Cold War is a term used to describe the relationship between the USA and the USSR (Soviet Union) after the World War II. It is the period of time from 1947 to 1991 when ideologies of USA and USSR – which are capitalism and communism – clashed against each other. Also, both sides aimed for the hegemony position and power expansion. The dissolution of the Soviet Union marked the end of the Cold War, precisely on December 26th, 1991.
The defeat of Soviet Union left the USA as a single hegemony of the world, making it the only super power country with no rival to be fight against for the title. It can be understood why there is no more direct conflict between the great powers. Although there was no direct war between the USA and the Soviet
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First, colonial and interstate conflicts were a trend on the Cold War period, but now the predominating conflicts are internal to a state, even though sometimes there are external states involved. Secondly, there was a distinct rise of civil conflicts, peaking in 1991 there was 52 conflicts, then the number declined to 32 conflicts in 2003. Since then, armed conflicts has been increasing and decreasing between 30 and 40. Constructivism views international relations as a social construction. By that, constructivists see states as social actors and analyze it through the theories’ basic elements, such as identities, ideas, norms, societies, etc. Therefore, through constructivism perspective the absence of direct war between great powers after the Cold War can be explained by rules and norms, such as international law of war and human rights norms, along with states’ identities and…show more content…
But at least, it can be taken as a consideration to make decision and action, especially in times of conflicts. For example The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted and proclaimed by the United Nations on December 10th, 1948. The declaration was made after the dread of the Second World War to guarantee the rights of every individual, and also as the states oath to never let armed conflicts like that to happen again. International human rights established a set of obligations which states must obey. Once states have joined the international treaties, they have to respect, protect, take action, and fulfill every individual human
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