Understanding the Mechanisms of International Influence in an Era of Great Power Competition

dc.contributor.authorMeierding, Emily
dc.contributor.authorSigman, Rachel
dc.contributor.corporateNaval Postgraduate School
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-13T18:56:23Z
dc.date.available2022-05-13T18:56:23Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.description17 USC 105 interim-entered record; under review.en_US
dc.descriptionThe article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jogss/ogab011en_US
dc.description.abstractAmid growing speculation that the United States and China are destined for a more conflictual relationship, and that Russia is actively seeking to expand its global power, security scholars and professionals are increasingly interested in understanding the influence of great and rising powers throughout the world. However, in focusing primarily on power resources and international activities, existing scholarship on this subject has not adequately addressed how a state obtains and sustains international influence. To overcome this knowledge deficit, this article presents a framework for analyzing international influence that includes not only power resources and influence activities, but also a comprehensive set of power mechanisms that states mobilize to induce change in another state’s behavior. The article applies the framework to US security sector activities in Africa. The analysis, based primarily on interviews with US defense attachés and security cooperation officers, shows how different types of activities mobilize different sets of power mechanisms. It reveals that activities that mobilize expertise, attraction, and recognition mechanisms have the greatest potential for developing and maintaining influence. The article concludes that, to obtain and sustain international influence, states must be more attentive to the mechanisms of power, rather than merely deploying their power resources.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUS Africa Commanden_US
dc.format.extent18 p.en_US
dc.identifier.citationMeierding, Emily, and Rachel Sigman. "Understanding the Mechanisms of International Influence in an Era of Great Power Competition." Journal of Global Security Studies 6.4 (2021): ogab011.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/69440
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United Statesen_US
dc.subject.authorinfluenceen_US
dc.subject.authorpuissanceen_US
dc.subject.authorsecurity cooperationen_US
dc.subject.authormilitary aiden_US
dc.subject.authorAfricaen_US
dc.subject.authorgreat power competitionen_US
dc.titleUnderstanding the Mechanisms of International Influence in an Era of Great Power Competitionen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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