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World Power Assessment 1977: A Calculus of Strategic Drift
World Power Assessment 1977: A Calculus of Strategic Drift
By Ray S. Cline
Westview Press, 1977, 206 pp
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An ambitious attempt to calculate national power by assigning index numbers to a range of critical factors, including population, economic strength, military capability, strategic purpose, and national will. As the author's disclaimer acknowledges, the many charts aggregate not data, but judgments. The resultant perceived-power-weights may be less valuable than the suggestion of appropriate factors, together with the sure knowledge that the difference between potential and real power is mobilization.