Borders and Power

By Annie Ruth, 6th Per. World Geography

Borders and Power?

What are Borders?

Borders are invisible lines that separate two or more countries, states, governments, groups of people, etc. from each other, and dictate what land belongs to which group. In many cases, borders are based from physical or geographic features, like rivers, oceans, mountains, or other large formations. In the United States of America, the Mississippi defines the borders for several states, like Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, and others.

What is Power?

Power is the ability to influence or control the behavior of people. Different people, countries, and other groups often compete for power with each other, and can lead to various conflicts. Different governments have different ideas of how much power is given to the citizens of that country.

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Balance of Power:

A national government holds sovereign power, in most societies. However, there is no world government with sovereign power over all the nations in the world. Nations often compete and conflicts rise in order to protect themselves. The point of "balance of power” is to limit conflict among the most powerful nations.

Ukrainian Conflict:

A conflict that is even mentioned in the countries name, the Ukrainian conflict deals with tension in its own country, along with outside influences. Both sides are extremely different from each other, and the conflict has begun to escalate into larger and more violent revolts and harder consequences.

Israeli/Palestinian Conflict:

This conflict has escalated since the 1940's, with Israeli and Palestinian forces still fighting to this day. Over time, the borders and who is in control of the power has shifted from Palestinian to Jewish and back again. Here we can see the current state of the conflict and how it has grown over the years.

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