Complex Interdependence Theory

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Complex Interdependence Theory[edit]

The complex interdependence theory was developed by Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye. It is based on the observation that countries that have strong economic and cultural ties tend not to go to war with each other, as has been seen in the increase of such interdependence between nations and the corresponding decrease in armed conflicts between developed industrialized nations. The complex interdependence theory therefore encourages foreign policy makers and governments to focus on building ties and connections through economic systems and other relationship-building strategies to increase interdependence between states, reducing the risk of war.

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