N politics is the multi-lateral study of the interactions of people. N the social nature of the human being draws people into political processes; politics is therefore natural. N the post cold war period has led to the rise of democracy with the fall of communist power. N democracy remains the ruling form of government since its enemies, communism and fascism, have been defeated. N western democratic ideas dominate the world today. N hegelian thought: ideas are the basis of all politics; conflicts between states are the conflicts of ideas. N the end of history is upon us since the world is in a state of uniform democratic comfort. N huntington: criticizes fukuyama and hegel by inferring that they have a narrow view of history. N huntington believes that there still is a clash between modern ideas, a conflict of civilisation. N the differences of interest, and ideas lead to conflict between states.