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[IWS] RAND: New! A DATABASE OF U.S. SECURITY TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS [IN FORCE SINCE 1955] [17 December 2014]
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A DATABASE OF U.S. SECURITY TREATIES AND AGREEMENTS [17 December 2014]
by Jennifer Kavanagh
U.S. SECURITY-RELATED AGREEMENTS IN FORCE SINCE 1955: INTRODUCING A NEW DATABASE [17 December 2014]
by Jennifer Kavanagh
[full-text, 85 pages]
Treaties and agreements are powerful foreign policy tools that the United States uses to build and solidify relationships with partners and to influence the behavior of other states. As a result, the overall U.S. portfolio of treaties and agreements can offer insight into the distribution and depth of U.S. commitments internationally, including its military commitment, relationships, capabilities, and vulnerabilities in a given area. While there are many sources of information on security-related treaties and agreements, there is currently no comprehensive record of current or historical security-related treaties signed by the United States that can be used for empirical analysis. To address the shortcomings in existing datasets and indexes to contribute to the study of U.S. security treaties and agreements, the author has developed a tool — displayed in an Excel spreadsheet — that provides a new, more comprehensive treaty database that will enhance the ability of researchers to study the full portfolio of U.S. security agreements.
· Understanding the Numbers and Types of Treaties Signed by the United States Would Be Valuable.
· Understanding the numbers and types of treaties signed by the United States could offer insight into the most common treaty partners and the types of issues and substantive areas where treaties and agreements are the most valuable.
· Such an understanding would also reveal areas that are typically not addressed by treaties and agreements.
· It would also give insight into U.S. foreign policy priorities, commitments, and relationships and how these have changed over time.
Existing Data Sources Have Gaps in Their Coverage.
· No comprehensive record exists of current or historical security-related treaties signed by the United States that can be used for empirical analysis.
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