India-China Interactions in Central Asia through the Prism of Paul Kennedy’s Analysis of Great Powers
Paul Kennedy in his treatise Rise and Fall of Great Powers2 identified the attri-butes of a Great Power. In his study of five centuries, he discovered three features that particularly stood out in the case of a nation that already was or likely to be a Great Power: military prowess to support the nation’s strategic position; economic conditions to ensure a consistent supply of wealth from a flourishing productive base (at home or abroad) buoyed by superior technology to support the requisite military power; capacity to act independently of other great powers or without their support in the pursuit of objectives deemed critical for national interest.
KeywordsGreat Power Great Power Status International Financial Institution Shanghai Cooperation Organization Central Asian State
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