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Title:Building an arsenal: The evolution of middle power force structures
Author(s):Gupta, Amit Sisir
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Cohen, Stephen P.
Department / Program:Political Science
Discipline:Political Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Political Science, International Law and Relations
Abstract:This dissertation seeks to develop a model which explains how the force structures of middle powers develop. It uses the lessons learned from applying this model to discuss the possible role the middle powers of the South can play in the emerging international system. Finally, it discusses the implications of this process for U.S. national security policy.
The dissertation argues that the weapons acquisition and production process in this class of states is shaped by demand and supply factors. The demand for weapons and doctrinal changes, emerges both from threats as well as bureaucratic factors. But the ability to achieve the desired force structure is constrained by the availability of financial resources as well as the willingness of external suppliers to provide both weapons and technology.
Given the inability of these states to develop comprehensive force structures, and indigenously produce a range of high technology, the dissertation then discusses the security options these states have in the emerging international system, and how these options can fit into U.S. national security policy.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Gupta, Amit Sisir
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9624354
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9624354

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