Accession Number : ADA562067


Title :   The Role of Small States in the Post-Cold War Era: The Case of Belarus


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Shlapentokh, Dmitry


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a562067.pdf


Report Date : May 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 92


Abstract : Those who study foreign policy usually focus their attention on the role of the great powers. If attention is paid to small states, it is primarily to provide the framework for particular aspects of great power rivalry or to give details to the conflict. It is also usually assumed that small powers have limited opportunities to maneuver in the gravitational space of big players and can change geopolitical patrons only once. Needless to say, the victory of a small state over a big one is explained as a result of the backing of another strong power. This notion is overly simplistic, even for a period like the Cold War when the great powers seemed absolutely predominant, and is even less applicable when U.S. decline has not yet led to a clear replacement. Even China, if we assume its rise will continue, cannot be the dominant global center in the near future. The emerging global multipolarity makes the geopolitical scenario increasingly volatile and complicated.


Descriptors :   *COLD WAR , CONFLICT , FOREIGN POLICY , GEOPOLITICS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE