Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Relationship Between Identity And Security - 1400 Words

Relationship of Identity and Security Identity and security underpins the majority of conflicts that have occurred. In conflicts, states are invested in promoting their constructed identity, and challenging the opposing identity. In the following section, this essay will be using the elements of interests, alliances, and fear of the other to demonstrate the underpinning of the relationship in the three events of the Vietnam War, dà ©tente and the 2003 Iraq invasion. Interests are important in the relationship as it allows us to observe why a state is involved in a conflict. With the U.S., the majority of the time it is interested in promoting its identity to oppose another’s identity. Interests also allow for the understanding of an†¦show more content†¦The Vietnam War The Vietnam War (1962-1975) was a part of the time where the fears of the Cold War was ripe. The U.S.’s foreign policy was focused on the containment of Soviet expansion around the world. The U.S. saw this expansion as the main threat to the west and to global security. To understand the U.S. fears during this war, one must understand the previous conflict that occurred in Korea. The Korean War (1950 – 1953) was somewhat similar to that of the Vietnam War. The Korean War saw the attempted invasion of South Korea by the communist North Korea. This invasion saw the involvement of the U.S. who aided South Korea, and the People’s Republic of China – a newly formed communist state. The Korean War influenced the U.S. as its state officials saw the North Korean and Chinese alliance as a larger cooperative communist threat. This threat played into the U.S.’s fear in Vietnam with the thought that communist states (the Soviets and China) were aiding North Vietnam to force the expansion of communism. This fear of communism shaped the U.S.’s identity and security relationship. The U.S. identified with liberal and capitalism and so found communism a threat due to its different beliefs. The ‘domino effect’ was an imagined Soviet foreign policy that U.S. policy makers feared. It was the belief that Soviets were

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