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By J. Davidson

ISBN-10: 0230614825

ISBN-13: 9780230614826

Why do Britain, France, and Italy offer or refuse army help for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This e-book offers a different, 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 circumstances exhibit that neoclassical realist factors--alliance worth, chance, status, and electoral politics--explain allies' judgements greater than constructivist factors--identity and norms. The e-book in short covers extra situations (Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf battle, Somalia) and concludes with strategies for expanding destiny allied army aid.

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In the 1960s, Italian officials believed Italy’s interests to extend to Europe, perhaps the Mediterranean but not Asia. S. ”70 Simply put, “ . . the war in Vietnam ended up representing for Italy a concrete fact far away from its own immediate interests. . S. S. policy would not succeed, it made sense for the Moro government to refuse military support. Conditions were ripe for electoral politics to be a decisive factor in this case. -led war in Vietnam. 76 Second, as mentioned previously, the PCI was very critical of the Moro government’s political support.

90 Middle Eastern instability was a moderate threat to British national interests. A chapter on the British contribution notes that there was a “ . . wider British interest in promoting the peace process in the Middle East. . ”93 Two characteristics of the case relating to Britain’s national interest explain why the contribution was so tardy and small. indd 41 2/11/2011 8:49:38 PM 42 ● America’s Allies and War government did not believe MNF II would resolve the threat to Britain’s interest and the threat was not so great as to justify a large contribution.

36 The opposition does not always provide the public with a clear alternative to the government, however. 37 Consider a scenario wherein the government perceives high alliance value and strong national interest at stake in the target of intervention and is leaning toward providing support but the public is opposed. If the opposition joins the public in opposing a military contribution, it puts a lethal weapon in the hands of the public as the public can simultaneously punish the government and reward the opposition by voting for it.

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