Definitions and characteristics of the weak states - the great powers, the middle powers, the weak states, the mini states, summary - the ideal type of the weak state; internal sources of weakness and strength of the weak states - the geographical position of the weak states, the military position of weak states; the utility of military strength for the weak states, summary, a note on passive resistance (nonviolent action) by weak states; external sources of weakness and strength of the weak states - formal alliances between weak states and great powers, patrons and clients - a perspective on weak state-great power relations, weak states and the benefits of collective (public)good, alliances of weak states; the position of weak states in different international systems - the weak states and the great powers' spheres of influence, weak states in a balance-of-power or multipolar system, weak states in bipolar systems, manoeuvrability in a nuclear world, problems of nuclear weapons acquisition by the weak states; the economic position of the weak states in the international system - sources of economic weakness, modifications, qualifications an caveats, the application of economic pressure against weak states. Appendices: a note on the domestic sources of the foreign policy of weak states; the new international norms of conduct among states and the position of weak states; the potential impact of modern military weapons technology on the military position of weak states.
Weak States in the International System by Michael I. Handel
Michael I. Handel
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