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Mangao, Michael Kevin Edgar B. 3pol2 Aug.

23, 2012

A World System: Its Instability and Evolution

Unity in this day and age is merely an ambitious word used to pacify the noise of

chaos ravaging our world. It is obvious that with our diverse cultures and ideologies,

there is only a slim chance for unity to pervade our minds. Middle Eastern countries

have been, and still are, ravaged by war and so is Africa, specifically, its malnourished

parts. Different lands are still being fought over and even if it is not controversial, there

may be still Cold Wars fought throughout the globe. Backstabbing between nations,

even within, still is apparent with the spread of conspiracies concerning issues about

acts of cloak and daggers between allied nations. Religion is still the biggest player in

facilitating our disintegration: Even in the earliest of days, wars are waged over different

fought beliefs, the truth forced unto the mouths of the non-believers, and death is

inevitable for those who fail to walk by his or her religious norms. Democrats still yell at

communists and the lesser others, vanquishing those who stand in the way of

Democracy. All in all our own bastardization of our own proposed unity reflects the

state of our world today: If we cant pursue understanding, and eliminate excessive

magnanimity, then how do we even have the right to dream as high as having a stable

Global Political System?

Ever since, our Global Political System required nations to basically agree with

each other and adjust to each others ways of doing things particularly, on how they run

their political beliefs. One nation who upholds highly its superiority and beliefs can never
be a part of a clich. One political belief can never be effective to every nation state,

simply blending it with a foreign religion opposing such belief is already a difficult

process and if it can somehow pass, it will take lengthy adjustments that will first

produce chaos before peace (Brzezinski, 2004). Yet Vittorio Parsi (2003) tells us that

one particular aspect of our global system that promotes instability is the plurality of our

regimes. Obviously with our different ideologies and beliefs to make a perfect political

society, we can never agree with each other. That is how the Cold War started in the

first place. And yet even today, Democracy is still being forced upon nations with

cultures that do not even reflect a democratic semblance, let alone have hopes for

democracy to save them. In the end, even if the United States sent her glorious army to

the Middle East and its surrounding parts to help the people escape from the clutches of

tyranny, these soldiers and their democracy are still hated: Further concluding that,

naturally, you cant force a particular nation and expect them to swallow Democracy or

any other regime overnight it takes a lengthy process. Therefore, what is the best

solution? Parsi (2003) states that it all should take a certain kind of understanding

based on the principles and cultures of that particular nation. And by understanding and

adjusting, one can form a certain kind of regime fit for that particular nation but still

embedded with a basic concept of democracy. In the end, it all takes adjustment and

understanding, not rashness and magnificence, to promote a possible unity between

political beliefs.

If unity based on understanding, adjusting, and consideration are the basic ways

to achieve a stable global system, it should be considered shallow and not applicable to

the complications provided by our modern world. Yes, we do have problems that badly
need these qualities to have a morally stable world order that wasnt always apparent

because of our nature to achieve more power than any other nations, but to say that

these qualities are the key is rather idealistic and has a tendency not to be followed. To

remedy this poor thought, think that maybe the instability we experience today may just

be a part a bigger process and in turn it could have been a part of a very long cycle all


Instability within the Global Political System is a necessary event. Simply by a

change in superior power, imbalance can be fixed (Modelski, 2002). Modelski (2002)

also stated that by studying long cycles based on the rise and fall of Global powers, it

actuated a lineage that formed Democracy. And, while the world powers are in the

process in the animating and constructing of the global political system, they were also

successful in responding to priority global problems. This basically depicted an

evolution of world politics: By going through instabilities and addressing it again to gain

knowledge of what is practical, world powers eventually built upon this small bulk of

democracy and with it, is the ability of that particular regime to adjust to modern times

its pure form used by a large portion of the world. Thus, in the case of our historic world

system, to go through stability, we had to come to instability first.

Modelski (2002) also emphasized that the process of evolution of the Global

political system was the key to the mechanism that activates innovation, cooperation,

and selection of global policies. And in turn, these long cycles of integration and

disintegration of world powers, and the growing and diversifying political philosophies

gave way to the building of new global political structures and thus effectuates global

political evolution (Modelski, 2002). This justifies the fact that along the way, as the
cycle goes on, we continue to grow: Every phase of instability opens up to new methods

of integration, this will be realized by the nation states thus furthering our realization to

cooperate and innovate new political policies to fit a new world order and finally, to gain

stability. Therefore, furthering our notion that the instability we face today may just be

necessary for us to learn our mistakes and build upon it a new order of stability with the

help of each and every state through the power of good international relations.

Day by day we witness and experience the various crises this world has to offer.

The prevalence of chaos seems too great to vanquish. Global instability is at its peak

(and may be not even), poverty, racism, religious and political wars are apparent. It may

seem like we are in the middle of an apocalyptic era but we may just be wrong. What

we experience now can be basically achieved by unity through understanding,

tolerance, and cooperation between nation states; maintaining also the theory of

Hegemonic Stability and Deterrence. But as this is a part of a cycle, our generation

should also do the part of devising a new political world structure that would best fit this

day and age. Thus, in the midst of our global political instability, we find lessons from

our mistakes our answers to bring back the stability we always yearned in our Global

Political System.


Brzezinski, Z. (2004). The Choice: Global Leadership or Global Domination. New York, NY, USA: Basic

Modelski, G. (2002). Long Cycles in Global Politics. International Relations, 1, 105-111.

Parsi, V. (2003). Global Political System: From One to Many? Irish Studies in International Affairs, 14,