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Volume :5 Issue : 19 1985      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

State – Power Analysis (A Study in the Geography of Power) (in Arabic)

Auther : Omar Al-Farouk

The state power subject is specifically regarded as one of the main interests of geostrategic studies. It includes the whole frame of the state’s present and future capabilities and potentialities or rather the total perceived power of its natural resources, economic capabilities, social and cultural structure, political and administrative system, its diplomacy and international relations, as well as its military power. The above mentioned elements are not the one determining factors; other elements may occur within the structure of the state which affect its situation and status among other political powers or other countries.

The state power analysis approach may have room for many sophisticated equation; yet the present one adopts a simple approach based on a military report issued by the high Nasser Military Academy, Faculty of National Defense, Cairo, 1982. The philosophy behind this report is based on two principles: the first shows that there is no absolute or weak power for ever; and the second shows the possibility of any state to achieve, or at least to move towards, power.

The study covers the following topics:

 

A. The state –Power Analysis Approach:

This comprises various definitions, which have their bearing on the subject, and which throw light on other Problems faced by many scholars. The aim is to collect some concrete or applicable date which may be employed in any national planning program.

 

B. How Can We Measure Power:

The complicated structure of a state within a complicated world necessitates an answer to the question measure what? And how? The answer to such questions in cludes various elements related to the critical mass (land and population), resources, culture, education, government, diplomacy, administration, labour force, regional mobility, the community levels of aspiration constitutional system, trade, military establishments, and many other elements, whose treatment must depend on accurate statistics. The answer accommodates other points of comparison and measurement.

 

C. How To Measure The State- Power: an Applied Case Study:

It was found important to concentrate on some specific and significant models. The two great powers. The USA and the U.S.S.R were chosen for comparison, and measurement. The study reveals the roots of their greatness, as well as the elements of power in the structure of each.

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