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TitleSmall State Behavior in Strategic and Intelligence Studies [electronic resource] : David’s Sling / by Patrick C. Coaty
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XI, 173 p. 5 illus., 3 illus. in color. online resource


Small state behavior has been largely ignored by academics in both international relations and strategic/intelligence studies. Yet, when we analyze the root causes of war, insurrections, rebellions, revolutions and general sociological human behavior, it is the small state actors that are usually at the epicenter of the tumultuous event. It is the spark from inside the small state actor – whether it is Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq or Syria -- that seemingly leads to internal and external confrontations that inevitably involve much larger states. To date, a book length analysis like this has yet to be published. The scope of this project is to provide an analysis of a sampling of small state’s behavior in order to build on a unifying theory of security/intelligence studies. This analysis will necessarily survey the breadth of security/intelligence studies from Clausewitz to current applicable United Nations’ Resolutions and international law. In short, if we can understand how political structures affect the behavior of small states, it will be a major contribution to the field of security/intelligence studies enabling policy makers, scholars and the general public to separate fact from myth in analyzing the strategic policies of small states. Patrick C. Coaty is Professor and Chairman at Orange Coast College in California, USA


Chapter 1: Introduction: The Importance of an Engaged Public on Strategic and Intelligence Issues -- Chapter 2: Analytical Foundations: Small States and the use of Theory in Crisis Management -- Chapter 3: International Organizations/Conventions as Political Structures -- Chapter 4: From Small Seeds: Small Revolutionary States in Search of a conventional arsenal, the formation of the United States Navy, Imperial Japan’s Navy and France’s Navy (1789-1860) -- Chapter 5: Small States in Search of Nuclear Weapons (the “successful” cases): Israel, Iran and Pakistan and the formation of a nuclear arsenal -- Chapter 6: Small States in Search of Chemical and Biological Weapons: Italy (1930s), Iraq, Syria and the formation of a chemical arsenal -- Chapter 7: Are Small States in Search of David’s Sling? General Findings and Theory Building -- Chapter 8: Conclusion: Focusing the analytical lens on small states—preparing the next generation by designing training scenarios focused on the behaviour of small states

International relations Security International International organization Diplomacy International Relations Theory. International Security Studies. International Organization. Foreign Policy. Diplomacy.


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