What is power, how should it be measured, and why does it matter?

The perception of what power is and how it should be measured is one that continues to draw differing explanations from both scholars of International relations and practitioners alike. For this essay, I will draw primarily from the realist and constructivists theoretical perspectives to make my assertions on what I think Power is, how it should be measured, whether it can even be measured and why it matters. According to John Mearsheimer (2001, 46), and several other realists, the international system is anarchical in nature with the absence…