National Revolution and International Interference: How American Intervention Influences Revolutionary States
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Political Science Undergraduate Research Theses; 2017
The Ohio State University. John Glenn College of Public Affairs Undergraduate Research Theses; 2017
As states across the Middle East have undergone revolutions since 1979, The United States has acted to ensure outcomes that protect and further their economic, military, and political interests. The product of this interference is often further destabilization and political upheaval of the target state. The purpose of this study is to look at revolutions, and near-revolution to see what impact American intervention and aid has had on the outbreak of revolution, and if the history of American intervention shows that it has a significant impact on the success or failure of revolutions. This project analyzes 4 cases of revolution since 1978 and identifies changes in American intervention, impacts, and the underlying political drivers. It identifies relationships between American intervention and national policy and draws conclusions on the relationship between revolutions and American foreign aid. This project concludes that the process of attaining American national interest in the context of foreign revolutions is complex and often unsuccessful. Furthermore, it shows that American intervention must adapt to focus on developing good governance in order to become beneficial to national interest. This work is intended to inform the work of scholars and policy makers alike and allow for a greater comprehension of the attainability of American aims in the context of national revolutions.
Academic Major: Political Science