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Low Energy and High Friction: How Domestic Determinants Shape U.S. National Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific   [open pdf - 94KB]

"The number of non-governmental factors that can shape a society's foreign policy is staggering, and, accordingly, the task of piecing them together into a coherent whole is extraordinarily complex. This essay aims to assess many sources in many diverse situations, posing questions that Rosenau warns are 'resistant to coherent analysis' and dealing with cause and effect links that 'are not easily observed' where the number of factors to consider is 'staggering' and 'the task of piecing them together. . . .is extraordinarily complex.' Even if expectations about the findings cannot be high, the effort is well worth attempting."

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