Making Coalitions to oppose an aggressive State


Inter regional coalitions between states is becoming common today as away of boasting matters of national interests like economy, security and trade and other emerging issues such as terrorism. According to Acharya, the shape of world politics and architecture is built around the regional alliances. The regional alliances are demonstrates how various regions around the world are able to socialize power and resist any external threats. Most regional co operations are socially constructed around the structures and strategies for power politics, economic security and stability. They have become means of resistance against foreign threats and establishment of social-economic structures (Acharya 629).

Figure 1.2 in the map shows that there are nine regions in the world which are North America, Latin America, Africa, Europe, Asian Pacific, Middle East, South Asia, Russia CIS and China. By and large, the cooperation between regional states is determined by the balance of power with a view of increasing their resources and also enhancing their respective GDP.

For instance, according to Goldstein text (Figure 1:4), the United States of America has an annual GDP of 14,000. The US is a superpower with economic might and military prowess to attack any country in the world if it chooses to do so. As things stand it is likely that the US might attempt to attack Iran because of its stance against the West and particularly the US. It has been accused by the US for developing weapons of mass destruction which. In response, Iran would try to rally around other member states within the Middle East and also enter into coalition with China or Russia. Iran is a wealthy nation and whose main economic resource is Oil production and its GDP are only 800 dollars per year.

Of course, Iran cannot stand up to the American aggression due its economic and military might. The only way to deal with the US threat is to enter into some coalition with China whose GDP is 8,800 dollars and other Middle East countries whose total GDP is 40,000 dollars. Such regional coalitions will form a sufficient power to oppose the American aggressive. According to Muller, inter state alliances has been practiced for many years, and particularly in the middle east it has become part of traditional power politics and Arabs security and foreign policy. Small nations like Iran are known for forming alliances with the superpowers and other regional partners so as protect their national sovereignty and national economic interests. It is also another way of ensuring the security of national borders (Muller 1).

In order to be effective in attacking Iran the US will rely on the countries within the Middle East region for logistical support and operations. And therefore, if all the countries in the Middle East oppose the US then it cannot succeed in its military operations. Similarly, if the US decides to impose international trade embargo towards Iran, it must rally for support from other countries. Iran can still ignore the US threats and enter into trade coalitions with nations in the Middle East regions and other countries in the world.  The purpose of such coalition is to combine both military and economic force to face off any threat from the great powers.  The focus of this alliance is not concerned with the distribution of power but rather to protect its national sovereignty by standing up to the US aggression. Unfortunately, most states in the Gulf region cannot combine force and face the US might simply they all rely on the US for economic stability. Also, the Iran’s Shiite sentiments are all not shared amongst other Sunni Muslims in the region (Oktav 136).


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