Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Public Affairs/International Relations

First Advisor

Robert Weiner

Second Advisor

Michael Keating

Third Advisor

Samuel Barkin


This paper attempts to answer the question, is the International System the main driving force behind how states act in the international arena? This is examined through a Neoclassical Realist lens and the main subject of this study is the United States and the International System that evolved out of the Cold War into the post-Cold War system to now. With this newly emerged international system, should the U.S. be simply viewed as a world hegemon or an empire? This paper also examines how the most powerful actor in the system (at least for a significant portion of the contemporary era), the United States, and a mid-power position actor, Turkey; adjust foreign policy decisions for military and economic security situations that arise with changing dynamics at the macro international system level for the last 20 years.


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