American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry by Stefanie von Hlatky

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By Stefanie von Hlatky

Why are allies so unpredictable? In American Allies in instances of War, Stéfanie von Hlatky tackles this query through analyzing army cooperation among the U.S. and its allies. First, this e-book demonstrates that alliance calls for in instances of warfare can't continuously be met through democratic allies because of household political constraints. moment, matters over the supply of army resources can additional curtail the power of governments to dedicate assets to conflict. the writer convincingly argues that it's necessary to account for those components to appreciate the various degrees of army cooperation saw among the united states and its closest partners.

This ebook bargains an unique comparative research of the uk, Canada, and Australia's reaction to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The case experiences spotlight that judgements concerning using strength needs to handle either domestic-level constraints and the significance of the bilateral courting with the U.S.. This ebook explains how American allies can deal with requests for political and army help via resorting to powerful negotiation options to persuade the phrases of cooperation.

American Allies in instances of War deals a entire research of why and the way allies visit conflict jointly and dispels a few myths and misconceptions concerning the politics in the back of army cooperation. it's meant for policymakers, lecturers, and scholars who are looking to achieve perception into how international and defence coverage is made and the way household pressures and operational constraints impression modern army engagements.

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William Zartman and Jeffrey Z. Rubin, ‘The Study of Power and the Practice of Negotiation,’ in I. William Zartman and Jeffey Z. ), Power and Negotiation (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press), 22. 4 Rose, ‘Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,’ 147. 5 Rose, ‘Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,’ 159. 6 Rose, ‘Neoclassical Realism and Theories of Foreign Policy,’ 173. 28 American Allies in Times of War How can dominant states and secondary states reconcile divergent international agendas when working together as allies?

How allied states overcome these differences is not well understood. This would appear especially challenging for secondary states in the alliance, as they must cope with an influential partner. Let us turn to the issue of asymmetry in alliance interactions and how these structure the choices of secondary states. Asymmetry between allies can be quantitative in the way it has been discussed so far, but can also be qualitative. The asymmetry is qualitative when it represents a situation where the types of gains made through the alliance are different between the dominant ally and its partners.

The end of the Cold War only reinforced American leadership as alliances such as NATO endured. This is not to say that there have not been major disagreements between the United States and its allies. The war in Vietnam and the recent war in Iraq are two famous episodes, showing that alliance support is not unconditional. Despite these disagreements, US allies have not lost any privileges, such as access to intelligence or American military technology. Why is this so? Threat perceptions and alliance expectations are strong motives for military cooperation, but democratic governments sometimes struggle with the execution of alliance demands.

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