Middle Power Leadership on the Human Security Agenda

  title={Middle Power Leadership on the Human Security Agenda},
  author={Ronald M. Behringer},
  journal={Cooperation and Conflict},
  pages={305 - 342}
  • R. Behringer
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Political Science
  • Cooperation and Conflict
This study illustrates how middle power states — such as Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Norway — have exercised leadership on the human security agenda, and thus challenges the realist view of middle powers as mere followers of great power leadership on global security issues. The hegemonic United States (US) is likely to counter any initiative that threatens its core national interest: the security of the American territory, institutions, and citizenry. Therefore, it is hypothesized… 

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