Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

A. C. Tuttle

Number of Pages



The purpose of this thesis is to determine if there is a connection between United States foreign aid donations and a recipient nation's voting patterns in the United Nations General Assembly. Tests in the past have not employed thorough methodologies to deal with the abundance of variables that influence a nation's voting behavior. The methodology created in this research focuses on three important conceptualizations. First, this work creates a new definition of foreign aid; specifically, the inclusion of military aid in a nation's aid package as well as loans and grants, despite their different characteristics. Second, this analysis considers only important votes to the donor nation, not all votes in the General Assembly. This research also develops a new understanding of abstentions, capturing the strategic nature of this voting choice. Finally, this study creates a classification scheme to break nations into homogenous groups.


Aid; Foreign; Impact; Inside; United Nations; Voting

Controlled Subject

International law; Political science

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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