Classwork Exercise and Series (Government- SS3): Interdependence Of Nation


Concept of the Interdependence of Nations

There is interdependence and inter-relationship existing among nations of the world. No nation is an island. Nations of the world have become so closely related to one another as a result of breakthrough in communication, formation of different types of organizations, etc. Therefore, development of nations cannot be done without relating or interacting with other nations. In the process of these interactions, benefits are derived in different areas of human endeavor.

The Need for Interaction

  1. Political reason for interaction: States agree to interact through the formation of different organisations. E.g., United Nations Organization (U.N.O), Organisation of African Unity (O.A.U), etc.
  2. Economic reason for interaction: Natural resources are unevenly distributed worldwide and nations can only benefit from one another through such interaction.
  3. Social/cultural reason for interaction: This is very important because it promotes love and friendship among nations and eliminates conflicts.

Merits of Interaction among Nations of the World

  1. They promote peace and security worldwide.
  2. Nations are drawn closer through sports, musicals, etc.
  3. Interactions among nations bring about economic advancement especially in the areas of technology.
  4. States benefit immensely from others especially through sports, cultural exchange, etc.
  5. Political interaction removes the interference of other states trying to dominate the others.
  6. The coming together of nations brings about investment opportunities.
  7. The interaction among nations led to the establishment of political organizations. E.g. U.N.O, O.A.U, etc.
  8. Interaction among nations of the world can help to spread civilization and modernization.

Demerits of Interaction Among nations of the World

  1. Cultural/social problems: Through interaction in sports, cultural concerts, etc, indecency, prostitution and immoral acts could be exported to some countries.
  2. Developed nations can still interfere in the domestic affairs of the less developed nations.
  3. Neocolonialism: Interaction among nations politically, economical, etc can lead to neocolonialism and this can make no sense out of the hard won independence of these developing states from their colonial masters.
  4. Inferior goods: it can lead to some developed countries making some of the third world countries dumping ground for their inferior goods.
  5. Control of states: Political and economic interactions associated with the membership of some of the organizations. E.g. I.M.F (International Monetary Fund), U.N.O, etc can bring about control of sovereignty of less powerful states.

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