The world is in anarchy. But what does that mean?

Takeaway Points

  1. Actors within states are governed by hierarchy; when you have a problem, you can take it to specific authorities who have the power to resolve the issue.
  2. The international realm has no such higher authority. We call this anarchy.
  3. Anarchy does not imply violence. It just means no police force exists to stop violence should it start.