Foreign Investment and Political Conflict in Developing Countries

Foreign Investment and Political Conflict in Developing Countries

Foreign Investment and Political Conflict in Developing Countries

Foreign Investment and Political Conflict in Developing Countries

Synopsis

This study systematically investigates the degree to which international economic linkages are related to domestic political conflict in developing countries.

Excerpt

This book is about the political effects of the international dependence of developing countries. the focus is on the degree to which the existence of international economic linkages may be associated with the patterns of political conflict and violence that are found within the world's poorest countries. At least four things point to the need for a careful analysis of these relationships. the first is the often-found tendency for the internal conflicts of developing countries to spread both to engulf neighbors and to incite broader international disputes. the second centers on the international economic disruptions produced by conflict in developing countries. the third relates to the domestic social and economic costs of conflicts in underdeveloped countries and to the roadblocks that these conflicts create that obstruct the path to progress. the fourth has to do with the frequency with which a deeper involvement in the world's commercial networks on the part of developing countries is treated as the best approach to overcoming their poverty.

The relationship between political conflict in developing countries and international instability has long been recognized. Throughout the Cold War, in their attempts to gain advantages over one another, the United States and the Soviet Union frequently intervened in the domestic disputes of developing countries. For instance, one might point to the American involvements in what were initially domestic disputes in Vietnam, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Nicaragua. in addition to supplying the anti-American forces in several of the conflicts just mentioned, the Soviets intervened in such . . .

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