Resistance Begins with the First Foreign Footstep: China and Nicaragua
ARMY WAR COLLEGE CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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In a constrained fiscal environment, a shift toward offshore balancing as grand strategy may require exercising military, diplomatic, economic, and political measures similar to those that historically contributed to rising anti-foreign sentiment among the populace subject to the consequences of those measures. The risk of such a strategy and the accompanying means for its success may manifest themselves only when the offshore military forces actually come onshore. The need for forward basing in partnered nations may subject the military to resistance in those partnered nations whose governments do not enjoy popular domestic support or political legitimacy. This paper examines the circumstances breeding resistance to unwelcomed foreign influence in 1900s China and early twentiethcentury Nicaragua and the subsequent use of military intervention by foreign nations the multi-nation coalition in China and the United States in Nicaragua as an instrument of foreign policy and protection of economic and political interests.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics