Politics of hegemony: The case of United States of America vs North Korea nuclear imbroglio
Elemanya A Vincent
The concept of hegemony has been a controversial phenomenon in foreign relations. Theorists have divided views on what the concept should contend with, in view of domineering interests of the super powers. To the realists, which hold tenaciously to “power” and control of it, “might is Righter”, according to Machavelli (1968), this view of might being right is the content in of debate in global politics. The case of US and North Korea is a clear indication of this politics of hegemony and the global imbroglio, where the globe is almost divided into bipolarity, if necessary measures are not taken. This issue has taken the centre stage in global politics and foreign relations. The question is why is America so concerned with the case of North Korea? The answer is simply hegemony – where America always pursues its agenda of hegemony as “police of the world”, including North Korea. The theoretical frame used in this work is the realist theory or approach which states clearly that “Power” is central to the relations of states at the international system. And, that states seek to maximize their powers in order to maintain their hegemony on other states.