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2010 | 3 | 2 | 165-196
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Containment and Engagement as Middle-Range Theories

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In the studies of international relations containment and engagement are often understood as strategies of foreign policy. This article seeks to explore containment and engagement through a less frequently applied theoretical perspective: to find out what features of containment and engagement allow them to be called middle-range theories.The article presents the main features of meta- and middle-range theories, draws attention to realism as meta-theory and then distinguishes the most characteristic features of containment and engagement in order to find their matches in the attributes of middle-range theories.The article concludes that containment and engagement can be called middle-range theories, since they are power balancing theories that analyze the phenomenon from a specific point of view (individual approaches to the instruments, regions, targets), they are comprehensive, and they stay within the field of power balancing analysis.
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3
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2
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165-196
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published
2010-01-01
online
2011-02-09
Contributors
  • Faculty of Political Sciences and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
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