Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Predicting Political Development After United States Military Assistance: Evidence from Case Study Analysis
by Alaniz, Susan Rae, Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi, 2020, 499; 28030655
Abstract (Summary)

During the administration of former President Barack Obama, United States foreign policy increased its focus on international development instability that threatened U.S. national security. In 2010, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 6, which declared that international development is a vital U.S. national interest. This was a watershed moment for not just how the United States views its national interests, but in which resources should be dedicated to protect them. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Defense has security assistance relationships with 155 countries. These countries represent a wide range of international development challenges.

This research examines the recipient state context where United States military resources were contributed in the interest of reducing political development fragility. Ten case studies have been selected for qualitative comparative analysis to determine the context setting conditions under which political development fragility is reduced after receiving U.S. military assistance. This study finds reduction to political fragility occurs when the recipient state exhibits specific characteristics prior to the dedication of United States military resources. The findings suggest that the use of international development assessment tools for legitimacy and effectiveness of recipient state security sector apparatus structures prior to donation of military assistance will increase potential success outcomes.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pauly, Robert J.
Commitee: St. Marie, Joseph J., Lansford, Tom, Sayre, Edward
School: The University of Southern Mississippi
Department: Political Science, International Development, & International Affairs
School Location: United States -- Mississippi
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Military studies, Political science
Keywords: Military Assistance, National Defense, Political Development, US Foreign Policy
Publication Number: 28030655
ISBN: 9798662567924
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