Eric Wilson

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

National Security Studies

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Donna Kenley


This thesis examines a U.S. foreign policy strategy called Building Partner Capacity (BPC) used to support on-going efforts to protect U.S. enduring national interests. BPC activities build/enhance the capacity of U.S. allies and international partners to empower them to provide for their countries’ own internal security or support operations for external security reasons regionally or internationally. This thesis uses the International Relations theory to examine four of six regional U.S. Geographic Combatant Commands (CENTCOM, AFRICOM, EUCOM and PACOM) with regards to the COCOMs regional mission, security threats, BPC activities, and identified the national security benefits from BPC activities. Dependent (Protecting U.S. national interests at home and abroad) and Independent (Peace, security and stability at the state, regional and international levels; power distribution) variables were used as part of the thesis framework. Research findings in terms of ends, ways, means and benefits proved that BPC activities support U.S. foreign policy efforts to bring security to the international system; and identified the security benefits, security assistance and cooperation programs related to building partner capacity to protect U.S. national security and interests.



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