Marxism In International Organizations

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Brad Conley
Prof. Greg Young
IAFS 1000-1004 Though the international system today shares many aspects of realism, neoliberalism, constructivism, and marxism, neoliberalism is the predominant principles under which the international system operates. With the formation of several influential international governmental organizations (IGOs), the world has become a much safer place. Though neoliberal ideas draw from realism in the fact that the international system is in anarchy, neoliberalism dictates that the world is in a form of structured anarchy, perpetuated by the IGOs that governments partake in. By strengthening webs of interdependence, countries find the ability to interact amicably, and build up reliance upon one another. As countries
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Though at first glance this may seem to fit the arab spring, when one attempts to apply ideas of marxism in an international context, they fall apart. Trying to interpret IGOs from marxist perspectives is very difficult, as the class struggle that Marx emphasizes in his many works amounts to nothing. In IGOs such as the United Nations, (UN) the structure of bureaucracies such as the general assembly delineate everyone as equal. Though there is the UN security council as the ruling hegemony, one does not see constant conflict between members not on the temporary section of the security council resorting to armed conflict to receive a…show more content…
With the security council as its quasi-leader, the UN is able to generate and pass out resolutions when international matters need to be addressed. Though, like every IGO, the UN is non binding, IGOs like the UN survive based off the four principles aforementioned in the second paragraph. The UN has been successful in resolving several conflicts, which is an idea that stays parallel with neoliberal theory. Through varying peace enforcement measures, the UN has managed to resolve conflicts such as the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, reach and establish peace in Cote d’ivoire, and resolve ethnic conflict in Kosovo. Though these initiatives required the use of force, they helped reduce war and genocide, and returned the world to the status
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