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Small power : Mongolia's democratization and foreign policy objectives

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Title: Small power : Mongolia's democratization and foreign policy objectives
Author: Miliate, Brandon Joseph
Degree Master of Arts - MA
Program Asia Pacific Policy Studies
Copyright Date: 2012
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2012-12-19
Abstract: Small states are in a unique position, where they cannot hope to meet their foreign policy and security objectives through hard power. Rather, small states must balance against large neighbors via more subtle and nuanced ways. Through a critique of soft power, the author presents a new analytical framework for understanding small power and new criteria for defining “smallness” in today’s international system. Small power attempts to explain small state foreign policy decision-making and the role that “attractiveness” plays in their relations with larger states. One potential source of small power- democratic governance- is explored through a detailed look at the Mongolian model of democratization as a foreign policy tool in its “third neighbor policy”. Successful democratic transitions in small states can attract more security-related, economic, and institutional support from leading democratic countries than their small size might initially suggest.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/43714
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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