Weak States in International Relations Theory: The Cases of by Hanna Samir Kassab

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This ebook seeks to provide an explanation for why vulnerable states exist in the foreign procedure. utilizing the instances of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon, and Cambodia, the writer argues that, if a nation is susceptible and weak, then it could perform an unforeseen measure of relative autonomy unfettered through nice powers.

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Weak States in International Relations Theory: The Cases of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon, and Cambodia

This booklet seeks to provide an explanation for why vulnerable states exist in the overseas process. utilizing the instances of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon, and Cambodia, the writer argues that, if a nation is vulnerable and susceptible, then it might perform an unforeseen measure of relative autonomy unfettered by means of nice powers.

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The distribution of capabilities, as measured by the number of great powers within the system, creates the order that defines the structure at any given time. Within such a system, states seek to survive by any means, for example, through war or isolation. States do so because of their capabilities; they have the power to do so. The system is permanent unless the system transforms from anarchy to hierarchy. , 116). Ultimately, Waltz sees world politics as the product of an overwhelming structure of anarchy.

My research question calls for a comprehensive understanding of context and motivation of specific weak states. Exposing the motivation of a state is an essential task as it highlights the inner workings of my Neoclassical Realist theoretical contribution. This will be done by conducting comparative historical analyses within the proposed framework discussing four cases using two perfect cases and two most different types or “tough” counter cases. These cases are thus grouped into two. The first group explores Armenia (weak state) and St.

Chapter 7 then applies these theoretical assumptions using Armenia and St. Kitts as case studies. By testing the hypothesis, this book will be able to further assess weak state behavior, their survival, and their impact within the system. Similarly, chapter 8 tests the hypothesis with a slightly altered dependent variable. The outcome of weak state behavior is not quite survival, but civil war. Civil war inhibits a state from existing as a separate, unified political identity, especially when other states are involved.

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