Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Joseph Clifton
Much has been written on the security implications of the "Rise of China," yet there is little consensus, posing a problem for policymakers. I highlight the areas of disagreement, arguing that the lack of consensus is a product of different theoretical positions. Since there is not an obviously correct theoretical position, policymakers must make decisions based on significant uncertainty. I argue that policymakers ought therefore reject costly and decontextualized theories, such as offensive realism, while still maintaining openness to theoretical knowledge.
Clifton, Joseph K., "Disputed Theory and Security Policy: Responding to the "Rise of China"" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. 141.