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US-North Korea Challenges and the Four Instruments of Power

I have attached IR theory and Instruments of Power guides for your information.

How does the constructivism IR theory best illuminate US-North Korea relations, and how should the US apply the Four Instruments of Power to address this security challenge?


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Dear Student,

So, how should you handle this particular task? It's best to work using an outline. I suggest thus:

1. Introduction - what is this work about? 200 words
2. The Instruments of Power (each at 150 words, 600 words)
a. Instrument 1
b. instrument 2
c. Instrument 3
d. instrument 4
3. The Constructivist perspective - what is it all about as an IR theory? 200-300 words.
4. (include theorists)
5. A description of the US-North Korea Conflict (200-300 words)
6. Analysis - application of a constructivist perspective in the utilization of said theory on the conflict using the instruments of power (focus on each instrument of power separately, about 200-300 words).
7. Conclusion/recommendations 200-300 words

This would yield between 1,600 words to 2,000 words dependent upon the length of the discussion you will do. As you can see, it is important to focus on the instruments of power individually and then it is a matter of using the theory 'on each' as a strategy of coming to understand and then seeking solutions. Just let me know if you need further clarification. Good luck with your studies and thank you for using Brainmass.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

International relations: A Constructivist Approach


The US is concurrently seen as the leading nation in the world military and economically, which also gives the US the political capital to influence the order of the world. As the only remaining super power, it has shaped global politics and culture in the 20th century with its agenda primarily towards keeping American sovereignty and promoting global growth and peace as has been shaped by WW2's Marshall Plan. However, while the desire for both American and the rest of Western society remain the same - to achieve peace and development, it doesn't mean that the US always sees eye to with its allies, which includes other nations with whom it has had a history of ideological and political conflict then as well as presently.

When countries reach out to one another, government to government, what is happening is the act of international relations (IR). When governments come to an agreement towards trade or political relations, for example, this holds great implications for their own citizens and the regions of the world they are a part of, as well as the relations they have with other countries. For example, consider the lifting of economic and trade bans recently between the US and Myanmar after the successful election of Aung San Suu Kyi. This meant that the US could slowly influence the transition of Myanmar from a military autocracy towards a democratic country - although the road towards that will no doubt be difficult. Still, its implications are huge and it is such implications, and their impact upon the Burmese and the region that they are a part of (South East Asia), that makes this development of great interest to specialists of international studies - in academics as well as public policy fields.

Diplomacy between countries dictates not only the quality of life that can be enjoyed by their people, but also the peace and prosperity (or poverty and conflict) in the region and their sphere of influence. As such, IR specialists look towards the utilization of a host of social scientific approaches including that of using sociological theories to explore, explain and understand how international relations work. By coming to understand, they will be best able to offer strategies and academic knowledge that can inform public policy decisions and diplomatic relations between nations, even when the issue and concerns are divisive. IR theorists can help find common ground and help resolve conflict.

The Instruments of Power

What do diplomats and nations use to push their agendas? They turn to the power that their nations control for this purpose. Concurrently, it is established that there are four instruments of national power and they are as follows - diplomacy, economy, information, and the military. All these are utilized by any sovereign state to influence other countries, international organizations, massive global entities (corporate groups), and politically and dangerously active groups with their own agendas (i.e. Al Qaeda, Greenpeace) to act, respect or abide ...