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Hotets påverkan på statens alliansbeteende

Toremark, Henrik LU (2012) STVK01 20112
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Alignment behavior of states provides an interesting and observable approach to International Politics. This theory testing thesis examines the ways external and internal threats give impact on the alignment behavior of states. Traditional alignment theory, such as Steven Walts Balance-of-Threat, predicts that states balance against their primary external threat by aligning a secondary threat. Steven David’s Omnibalance theory, on the other hand, suggests that weak states are more likely to align with its primary external threat as a way of balancing a more urgent internal threat to the leaders’ political and personal survival.
Using an in-depth case study of Georgia, that goes over a period from independence up to the short war with... (More)
Alignment behavior of states provides an interesting and observable approach to International Politics. This theory testing thesis examines the ways external and internal threats give impact on the alignment behavior of states. Traditional alignment theory, such as Steven Walts Balance-of-Threat, predicts that states balance against their primary external threat by aligning a secondary threat. Steven David’s Omnibalance theory, on the other hand, suggests that weak states are more likely to align with its primary external threat as a way of balancing a more urgent internal threat to the leaders’ political and personal survival.
Using an in-depth case study of Georgia, that goes over a period from independence up to the short war with Russia (1991-2008), the author argues that the close alliance with Russia during the 90s was a result of Omnibalancing and that the alliance with the United States in the 21st century is Georgia’s way of balancing against an external threat from Russia. Except for testing and accepting the theories about threats’ impact on alignment behavior, the thesis concludes that the leaders’ personal backgrounds and interests have a crucial role of the alignment behavior of state. (Less)
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author
Toremark, Henrik LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
En teoriprövande studie av Georgiens alliansdeltagande år 1991-2008
course
STVK01 20112
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Kaukasus, Georgien, Omnibalance, Bandwagon, Allians, Balance-of-Threat, interna hot, externa hot
language
Swedish
id
2275599
date added to LUP
2012-02-14 21:00:28
date last changed
2012-02-14 21:00:28
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  abstract     = {Alignment behavior of states provides an interesting and observable approach to International Politics. This theory testing thesis examines the ways external and internal threats give impact on the alignment behavior of states. Traditional alignment theory, such as Steven Walts Balance-of-Threat, predicts that states balance against their primary external threat by aligning a secondary threat. Steven David’s Omnibalance theory, on the other hand, suggests that weak states are more likely to align with its primary external threat as a way of balancing a more urgent internal threat to the leaders’ political and personal survival.
Using an in-depth case study of Georgia, that goes over a period from independence up to the short war with Russia (1991-2008), the author argues that the close alliance with Russia during the 90s was a result of Omnibalancing and that the alliance with the United States in the 21st century is Georgia’s way of balancing against an external threat from Russia. Except for testing and accepting the theories about threats’ impact on alignment behavior, the thesis concludes that the leaders’ personal backgrounds and interests have a crucial role of the alignment behavior of state.},
  author       = {Toremark, Henrik},
  keyword      = {Kaukasus,Georgien,Omnibalance,Bandwagon,Allians,Balance-of-Threat,interna hot,externa hot},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hotets påverkan på statens alliansbeteende},
  year         = {2012},
}