The Effect of Economic Interdependence on Foreign Relations

Implications for Linkage Diplomacy

by Edward Carr Franks


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Events of the late 1960's and early 1970's resulted in significant changes in the international system. According to numerous policy-makers, these changes were at least in part due to increased economic interdependence. As a result, there ensued a proliferation of strategies linking the international economic and political arenas. Linkage strategies were a prevalent feature of diplomacy during the Nixion/Ford administration, especially with regard to the concept of detente. One important aspect of this linkage phenomenon is the economic component. This is reflected in the widespread belief that economic interdependence brings political and security benefits.

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