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Foreign military intervention in response to microstate security crises Subtitle: A study in vulnerability and dependence

Abstract: The thesis explores political-security aspects of a late twentieth century phenomenon:the existence of many diminutive and weak, yet ostensibly sovereign andindependent, states. The thesis addresses two main questions concerning thesemicrostates (with a population of less than one million). What are the principalsources of microstate vulnerability? How best can we conceptualize microstates'security dependence on larger powers? Foreign military intervention in response tomicrostate security crises throws these dual issues into sharp relief. The study coversall 55 independent microstates during the years 1960 to 1989, from the conventionalbeginning of decolonization to the end of the Cold War. Particular attention is paid tofour representative case studies: Vanuatu (Papua New Guinea's 1980 intervention toquell a secessionist rebellion); The Gambia (Senegal's 1981 suppression of a coupattempt); Grenada (Cuba's role in respect of the 1983 American invasion); and theMaldives (India's thwarting of a 1988 mercenary attack).The thesis draws on an original data base of microstate security crises, a wide rangeof academic literature covering International Relations theory and small states, andfield work. It tests the propositions that certain typical political, geographical andeconomic characteristics of microstates played a key role in determining vulnerabilityto security threats, and that microstates' dependent



Author: Gubb, Matthew - institutionUniversity of Oxford facultySocial Sciences Division - - - - Bibliographic Details Issue Date: 2000 -

Source: https://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:98efc23c-a17e-4ca6-9328-41d88366234a



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