The Foreign Policies of Small States: Challenging Neorealism in Its Own Backyard

  title={The Foreign Policies of Small States: Challenging Neorealism in Its Own Backyard},
  author={Miriam Fendius Elman},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={171 - 217}
  • M. Elman
  • Published 1 April 1995
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
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