America's Allies and War: Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq by J. Davidson

By J. Davidson

Why do Britain, France, and Italy supply or refuse army aid for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This booklet presents a distinct, multiple-case learn research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with most sensible policymakers and analysts offer perception into allies' judgements concerning the Kosovo struggle (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and the Iraq warfare (2003). The circumstances exhibit that neoclassical realist factors--alliance worth, probability, status, and electoral politics--explain allies' judgements higher than constructivist factors--identity and norms. The ebook in brief covers extra instances (Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf conflict, Somalia) and concludes with strategies for expanding destiny allied army help.

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It is rare for governments to face an electorally relevant public opposed to their policy. Why? 42 Second, competitive opposition parties rarely side with the public against a government considering providing military support. At first glance, the opposition’s unity with the government is puzzling as it appears to be electorally suboptimal: the opposition would seem to be more likely to maximize electoral gains by siding with the public. The opposition defers to the government because the latter has privileged access to secret intelligence and more resources devoted to threat analysis than the former.

I judge the case to have not supported the proposition if the causal factor values do not align with the outcome. Finally, I judge the case to have minimally supported the proposition if the causal factors and outcome align but there is no evidence that even one of the variables led to the outcome. Process tracing requires that the researcher uncover the links between the causal factors and outcomes. For Britain in the 2003 Iraq War, this entails establishing that value for the alliance with the United States and the perception of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threat were critical in the Blair government’s decision to offer military support to the United States.

Realism allows for factors other than power and security to have a role when a state’s fundamental survival is not at stake. My argument is also consistent with neoclassical realism. Neoclassical realism includes explanations of foreign policy that weigh domestic factors more heavily than traditional realist, international factors. Gideon Rose’s 1998 review essay characterizes neoclassical realists as arguing that “the scope and ambition of a country’s foreign policy is driven first and foremost by its place in the international system .

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