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Weak States in International Relations Theory

The Cases of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon, and Cambodia

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 1-25
  3. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 27-41
  4. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 103-120
  5. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 121-162
  6. Hanna Samir Kassab
    Pages 209-216
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 217-242

About this book


This book seeks to explain why weak states exist within the international system. Using the cases of Armenia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Lebanon, and Cambodia, the author argues that, if a state is weak and vulnerable, then it can practice an unexpected degree of relative autonomy unfettered by great powers.


International relations theory International Relations Foreign Policy International Security Economic Development International Political Economy State behavior State Building International System Small States Weak States Middle Powers Theory Building Armenia St. Kitts and Nevis Cambodia Lebanon US foreign policy Russian foreign policy Iranian foreign policy economy foreign policy international relations Policy political economy

About the authors

Hanna Samir Kassab is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Northern Michigan University, USA. He has published articles on International Relations Theory, National Security, politics of the Far-right and Nationalism, acts of Political Suicide, and Foreign Policy.

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'Since the field of international relations is dominated by varieties of realism, especially structural realism, it is largely irrelevant for understanding the policies of 95 percent of the states in the world. It really focuses on the competitive relations of the great powers and little else. In this innovative study Hanna Kassab demonstrates that, with modifications of a few of its assumptions, a realist perspective can help one understand that the behavior of weak states is not limited to bandwagoning.'

Roger E. Kanet, University of Miami, USA