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Small State Behavior in Strategic and Intelligence Studies

David’s Sling

Authors: Coaty, Patrick C.

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  • Offers an analysis that builds strategic/intelligence theory into a practical foreign/defense policy application
  • Introduces the tools of analyzing strategic and intelligence issues
  • Dispels the myths surrounding issues like terrorism and nuclear proliferation
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About this book

Small state behavior has been largely ignored by academics in both international relations and strategic/intelligence studies. Yet, when we analyze the root causes of war, insurrections, rebellions, revolutions and general sociological human behavior, it is the small state actors that are usually at the epicenter of the tumultuous event. It is the spark from inside the small state actor – whether it is Serbia, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq or Syria -- that seemingly leads to internal and external confrontations that inevitably involve much larger states. To date, a book length analysis like this has yet to be published.

The scope of this project is to provide an analysis of a sampling of small state’s behavior in order to build on a unifying theory of security/intelligence studies. This analysis will necessarily survey the breadth of security/intelligence studies from Clausewitz to current applicable United Nations’ Resolutions and international law. In short, if we can understand how political structures affect the behavior of small states, it will be a major contribution to the field of security/intelligence studies enabling policy makers, scholars and the general public to separate fact from myth in analyzing the strategic policies of small states.


About the authors

Patrick C. Coaty is Professor and Chairman at Orange Coast College in California, USA.

Reviews

“Coaty argues that American strategic culture has been influenced by inputs from intelligence and other sources, which creates a ‘pseudo-environment’ in the country that then translates into actions in the real environment. He develops a model for the US by using, as mentioned earlier, John Boyd’s OODA loop in which the most important and decisive remains the ‘orient’, where the inputs from domestic structure are received: ruling elite, tradition, genetic heritage, geography and new information. [The book makes] a significant contribution on the role of states, scientists and dangers associated with nuclear weapons and provide a fruitful avenue for further research for policy options.” (Nazir Ahmad Mir, In Awe of the Atom: Proliferation, Threats, and Costs of Nuclear Management, The Journal of Defense Studies)
“Building theory in tandem with the case studies, David’s Sling reveals the strategic aspect of small state behavior in response to incentives and constraints.  Long overlooked, this strategic behavior finally gets its due in this work that has implications for preventing a crisis involving a small state from escalating to a broader war, and for re-introducing security and intelligence studies to the academic study of foreign policy.” (Gordon A. Babst, Associate Professor, Chapman University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-89447-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89446-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-07772-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Small State Behavior in Strategic and Intelligence Studies
Book Subtitle
David’s Sling
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-89447-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-89447-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-89446-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07772-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 173
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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