Competitive Interference and Twentieth Century Diplomacy

Competitive Interference and Twentieth Century Diplomacy

by Richard W. Cottam


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With nuclear proliferation essentially eliminating full-scale warfare, governments have increasingly turned to what Richard W. Cottam calls competitive interference. This type of policy invokes counter-insurgency, political, economic, and psychological manipulations, and often involves looking deeply into the internal affairs of a country, often secretly. Cottam describes and defines competitive interference, explores the United States' institutional adjustment to it, and provides a theoretical framework for projection and evaluation of foreign policy in this changing diplomatic arena. He uses case studies of international relationships involving the United States, India, China, Vietnam, Iran, and the former USSR and East Germany to evaluate his theoretical stance, and proposes long-term institutionalization of policy, rather than covert operations.

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ISBN-13: 9780822983996
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/15/1967
Edition description: 1
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard W. Cottam was professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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