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The origins of alliances [electronic resource] /
Stephen M. Walt.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987.
x, 321 p. ; 25 cm.
0801420547 (alk. paper)
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1987.
0801420547 (alk. paper)
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 293-309.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-07:
Walt's work is destined to become a classic in international relations theory. It is a pathbreaking and provocative analysis that challenges traditional alliance theory. Drawing exhaustively upon the diplomatic history and the patterns of alliance formation in the Middle East between 1955 and 1979, Walt concludes that nations are far more likely to balance against stronger powers than they are to ``bandwagon'' (ally themselves with) such powers. Walt also examines the impact of foreign aid, transnational penetration, and ideology upon alliances, concluding that they are minimal. He also applies the implications of his theory to US-Soviet relations, arguing persuasively that it assists in explaining America's continuing advantages over the Soviet Union. This work deserves a wide readership among specialists on the Middle East and on international relations theory. Superb bibliography and index. For upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.-L.P. Fickett Jr., Mary Washington College
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