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

By J. Davidson

Why do Britain, France, and Italy offer or refuse army aid for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This e-book presents a special, multiple-case examine research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with best policymakers and analysts supply perception into allies' judgements in regards to the Kosovo battle (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and the Iraq conflict (2003). The instances express that neoclassical realist factors--alliance price, possibility, status, and electoral politics--explain allies' judgements larger than constructivist factors--identity and norms. The ebook in brief covers extra circumstances (Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf conflict, Somalia) and concludes with suggestions for expanding destiny allied army aid.

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De Gaulle’s early private assessment was that Vietnamese communism was not a threat to French interests and that military action in Vietnam would not succeed. He also did not value France’s alliance with the United States. Thus, he had no difficulty criticizing the United States publicly to enhance France’s prestige. While the French public and opposition might have punished de Gaulle had he provided support, there is no evidence that he considered doing so. French humanitarianism is a plausible explanation but no evidence supports it, thus, this case provides only minimal support for alternative proposition two.

Second, Thatcher government officials argued that their ability to contribute was limited because they were overstretched (the Falklands War ended in mid-June). 95 When asked in June 1982 about whether the government was considering a contribution Thatcher replied: “[we] are already playing a part in the multinational force in Sinai. ”96 Of course, both points indicate limits on the threat to Britain’s national interest. If threat had been higher, Thatcher would have argued for a more robust force and clearer objectives and would have made the sacrifices necessary to make them happen.

Indd 27 2/11/2011 10:58:49 AM 28 ● America’s Allies and War evidence that one or more of the posited causal factors led to the outcome (even though the evidence may be mixed and/or convincing rebuttal points may exist). 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.

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