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Prioritization Theory and Defensive Foreign Policy

Systemic Vulnerabilities in International Politics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 1-29
  3. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 31-58
  4. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 59-78
  5. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 79-100
  6. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 101-125
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    Pages 127-148
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    Pages 149-169
  9. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 197-219
  10. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 221-228
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 229-255

About this book


This book studies systemic vulnerabilities and their impact on states and individual survival. The author theorizes that the structure of the international system is a product of the distribution of capabilities and vulnerabilities across states. States function or behave in terms of these systemic threats. The author examines a number of specific case-studies focusing on military, economic, environmental, political and cyber vulnerabilities, and how different states are impacted by them. Arguing that current attempts to securitize these vulnerabilities through defensive foreign policies are largely failing, the books makes the case for prioritizing economic development and human security. 


International Politics Theory of International Politics 21st Century Politics Vulnerabilities Military vulnerabilities Economic vulnerabilities Environmental vulnerabilities Health vulnerabilities Political vulnerabilities Cyber vulnerabilities Desecuritization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Political Science at Northern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA

About the authors

Hanna Samir Kassab is Visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University, USA. He is the author of The Power of Emotion in Politics, Philosophy and Ideology (2016) and Weak States in International Relations Theory (2015) as well as co-editor of The Obama Doctrine and the Americas (2016) and Reconceptualizing Security in the Americas in the Twenty-First Century (2015).

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