Definition of Statu Quo
Statu quo is a Latin phrase that means established situation or state of the moment and with some frequency is written incorrectly: status quo. The funny thing is that the wrong spelling is the most widespread and, therefore, the correct one seems to be wrong. According to the current status quo spelling rules, they should be written in italics or using quotes.
Statu quo as a Latin phrase highlights a fact: Latin is a dead Politics as a base
Statu quo is a term that is usually used in the sphere of politics and more specifically in the field of diplomatic relations between nations.
The fundamental idea of this statement is to express that a political reality remains stable. Thus, if a diplomat says the following: "the two nations must maintain the current status quo", it is being affirmed that it is not desired to change the situation and that it is preferable that the relations between the two nations continue in exactly the same way.
The ideal modality?
In general, whoever defends the status quo of a situation considers it the best option. Consequently, this means that there are others who do intend to change circumstances and, therefore, yearn for another state of affairs, another status quo.
The status quo implies that there is a balance of power and there is a group that intends to keep it at all costs , while other groups consider that a change, a new order, is necessary. It is appreciated that diplomatically the concept of status quo communicates a danger : that political stability can be broken at any time.
As a general tendency, the defenders of the status quo are those who have the power and consider that the situation should not be modified and any contrary proposal is considered as a threat or a danger that can break the harmony. Instead, opposition groups normally question the status quo. In this sense, there is an implicit message among supporters of preserving the status quo, which comes to say that it is better not to touch things, that everything remains the same and that the changes are dangerous. This hidden but obvious message has its logic , since it is in international diplomacy where this phrase is commonly used and, as is known, diplomacy has real and other hidden interests.