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Foreign Powers and Intervention in Armed Conflicts$
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Aysegul Aydin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782814

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782814.001.0001

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Defending Economic Interests Abroad

Defending Economic Interests Abroad

(p.41) 3 Defending Economic Interests Abroad
Foreign Powers and Intervention in Armed Conflicts
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This chapter develops a comprehensive theoretical framework for understanding the liberal dynamics of intervention and brings a theoretically coherent and empirically testable approach to the connection between economics and security policies. It theoretically evaluates the role of force in liberal international relations (IR) theory in general and its economic liberalism variant in particular. Economic liberalism can explain a wide range of issues, including war and peace, around the core link of economic interests and their reflection on foreign policy through domestic political processes. A first step in elaborating economic liberalism beyond its current application in the mainstream IR theory is the recognition of the role of international trade in intervention, though it needs much attention to the causal mechanisms that connect trade benefits with a wide range of security policies. In general, the domestic dimension of economic liberalism offers a difficult picture in explaining security policies.

Keywords:   intervention, economics, security policies, liberal international relations, economic liberalism, international trade

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