David Andrew Tizzard
Global Politics Review
Vol. 3, no. 2 (October 2017): 10-25.
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v03_i02_p010
Received: July 12, 2017. Accepted: August 27, 2017. Published: October 30, 2017.
ABSTRACT: Polarity is an often used and yet frequently under-analyzed term in International Relations. It is designed in its usage to shed light on the distribution of power in the global system. This paper seeks to understand the order of the world at the systemic level in a descriptive manner while recognizing the challenges that arise from attempting to do so. It comes to the conclusion that the hierarchical structure remains unipolar in form – dominated both materially and ideationally by the United States. Moreover, this unipolarity is likely to continue over the next half a century and see a whole host of nations become more and more organized under the direction of one global power. Whether or not this is desirable remains to be seen.
Keywords: Polarity, Neorealism, Unipolarity, Military Domination, Ideational Control.