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Author Leva, Andrea

Title The weaker voice and the evolution of asymmetric alliances Andrea Leva
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2023


Description 1 online resource (183 p.)
Series Palgrave Studies in International Relations
Palgrave studies in international relations.
Contents Intro -- Praise for The Weaker Voice and the Evolution of Asymmetric Alliances -- Contents -- List of Tables -- 1 Introduction -- The Empirical Gap in IR Literature -- The Theoretical Gap in IR Literature -- The Realist View: Threats and Balancing Behavior -- The Institutionalist View: Path-Dependence and Risk Management -- The Book's Main Argument -- The Organization of the Book -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 2 The Weaker Voice and the Evolution of Asymmetric Alliances -- The Basic Theoretical Framework -- Weaker Ally's Threat Perception -- The Alliance's Benefits for the Weaker Ally
How Threat Perception and Alliance Benefits Affect Choices -- The Role of Autonomy in Asymmetric Alliances -- The Roots of the Problem: Autonomy, Security, and Interallied Control -- Asymmetry and Its Management -- The Weaker Ally's Quest for Autonomy -- The Voice and Exit Alliance Processes -- Research Design and Method -- Research Goal and Types of Cases -- Research Methodology -- Case Selection Criteria and Empirical Cases -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 3 The Anglo-Egyptian Alliance in the Early Cold War: A Case of Alliance Termination
How to Define the Case: Egyptians' Ambitions After World War II -- The Alliance Variables -- Egypt's High-Threat Perception -- Egypt and the Middle East Balance of Power: Cairo Increasing External Threats -- Egypt's Regime Instability: The Increasing Internal Threats -- The Low Benefits of the Alliance -- Egypt's Voice Attempts and Their Ineffectiveness -- The Anglo-Egyptian Relations from 1945 to 1951 -- The Framework of the Anglo-Egyptian Disputes -- From the Sidqi-Bevin Agreement to the Egyptian Appeal to the Security Council -- The Palestine Conflict -- The Last Round of Negotiations
The Processes of Alliance Termination -- Britain's Policy of Hard Control -- Egyptians Looking for Alternative Arm Suppliers -- Egyptian Diplomacy: Undermining the British Primacy in the Middle East -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- 4 The Anglo-Iraqi Alliance in the Early Cold War: A Case of Alliance Persistence -- How to Define the Case: Iraq's Ambitions at the End of World War II -- The Alliance Variables -- Iraq's High-Threat Perceptions -- External Threats: Iraq and the Middle East's Balance of Power -- Internal Threats: The Regime Instability and the Cold War Nexus
The Low Benefits of the Alliance -- Iraq's Voice Attempts and Their Effectiveness -- The Anglo-Iraqi Relations from 1945 to 1955 -- The Iraqi-Turkish Agreement and the Conflict in Palestine -- The Abortive Treaty of Portsmouth -- Projects of Regional Defense: 1950-1954 -- The Formation of the Baghdad Pact -- The Processes of Alliance Persistence -- Britain's Policy of Soft Control -- The British Concessions to the Weaker Ally -- Britain or the United States? The Iraqi Preference for London -- Conclusions -- Notes -- Bibliography
Summary Alliances are commonly conceived as tools that major powers use to control weaker partners. From this perspective, then, whether alliances endure or collapse depends on the patrons will. Andrea Leva challenges this view: while acknowledging the implications of power asymmetry in inter-allied management, the author argues that junior allies may have a critical role in bringing the alliance to an end. Through an elegant five-case comparison, Leva uncovers the mechanisms at play in junior allies relations with major partners. By shedding light on a previously underscored phenomenon, this book is an important contribution to the theoretical literature on alliances. Andrea Locatelli, Associate Professor, Universit Cattolica, Milan (Italy) In a well-argued book, Andrea Leva sheds light on an overlooked area of alliance theory. Contrary to the realist and institutionalist arguments, Leva suggests that junior allies quest for autonomy and voice opportunity can critically affect their security relationship with the patron, even affecting the alliances persistence or termination. The books model is then applied to several interesting case studies. A must-read for those interested in questioning a simplistic view of asymmetric alliances. Andrea Carati, Associate Professor, Universit degli Studi, Milan (Italy) Military alliances are a constant feature in international politics, and a better understanding of them can directly impact world affairs. This book examines why alliances endure or collapse. As a distinctive feature, it analyses asymmetric alliances focusing on the junior allies decision to continue or terminate a military agreement. It deepens our knowledge of alliance cohesion and erosion, investigating the relevance of the weaker sides preferences and behavior in alliance politics. The author examines the literature on alliance persistence and termination and puts forward a theoretical model that helps interpret historical and contemporary cases in a way that is useful for expert researchers and non-expert readers alike. Andrea Leva received a Ph.D. from Universit degli Studi di Milano Statale, Milan (Italy). He is a Policy Officer of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance, working on European Affairs
Notes Description based upon print version of record
5 New Zealand's Exit from ANZUS in the Mid-1980s: A Case of Alliance Termination
Subject Alliances.
Unequal treaties.
Unequal treaties.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783031354489