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Art, Robert Fungibility of Force

Art, Robert Fungibility of Force - *def.Fungibility of...

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*def. Fungibility of Force by Robert Art Article is structured around Robert Art’s critique of David Baldwin. He begins by introducing different varieties of power assests that states have (highest of those being wealth, political skill, and military power). * He then introduces a common conception outlined by David Baldwin that the effectiveness of a power asset (like military force) depends on specific conditions of the situation and therefore asserts that military has limited use for power. Though Art himself ranks Military Power 3/7 of these power assets, he still holds that the influence that military power has high value in international politics, and that Baldwin is wrong to assume military has restricted utility. Baldwin offers four examples for how military power is of little use in international relations. One by one Art goes through the examples and points out the weaknesses of his argument: 1. Possession of Nuclear Weapon as a hindrance for becoming UN secretary-general : 2.
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