SMA Quick Concepts Series: Great Powers

May 2019 No Comments

SMA Quick Concepts Series: Great Powers

Author: Stevenson, J. (NSI, Inc.)


As part of the Quick Concept Series, Dr. John A. Stevenson of NSI, Inc. defines “great powers” in the context of this effort. Great powers are state actors with both of two types of capability: global force projection capability and agenda-setting capability. After describing the component elements of these capability, Dr. Stevenson identifies which states are in, and which states are out, the great powers club. There are three in: the United States, China, and Russia, with all the other major state actors lacking at least one of the types of capability.

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