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dc.contributor.advisorPorter, Wayne
dc.contributor.advisorRothstein, Hy S.
dc.contributor.authorSim, Beverly W.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T22:34:26Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T22:34:26Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/59591
dc.descriptionApproved for public release. distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThe foreign policy system of any state is complex and dynamic. Dynamic complexity arises because of multiple feedbacks, non-linearity, multiple interconnections and strong interactions, time delay, and the ability of the agents within the system to adapt. Although there is a tendency to rely on reductionist approaches to establish causal relationships, reductionist approaches tend to provide one-dimensional perspectives and are ill-suited for complex problems with multiple interrelated components. This thesis shows how adopting a systems thinking approach to examining the Chinese foreign policy system may result in a better understanding of the overall system and its specific subsystems. By converting the variables into a causal loop diagram (CLD), the policy-maker can consider developments through a more holistic perspective and gain insights on feedback, hidden interdependencies, and multiple interrelated components. The CLDs developed provide illustrations of the complex, multi-dimensional interactive effects of key variables that affect the foreign policy decision-making process in China. With the identification of reinforcing and balancing loops, the policy-maker can gain a better understanding of how system effects can ultimately have an impact on policy outcomes, and perhaps make better-informed decisions.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/asystemsthinking1094559591
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.en_US
dc.titleA SYSTEMS THINKING APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING CHINESE FOREIGN POLICYen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorsystems thinking approachen_US
dc.subject.authorsystems thinkingen_US
dc.subject.authorcausal loop diagramsen_US
dc.subject.authorfeedbacken_US
dc.subject.authorinterdependencyen_US
dc.subject.authorChinese foreign policyen_US
dc.description.serviceCivilian, Ministry of Defense, Singaporeen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.identifier.thesisid30597


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