Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies
Defense and Strategic Studies
alliance politics, cooperation, European Union, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, United States
Defense and Security Studies
It is widely accepted that the fundamental nature of the international political system changed after the Cold War concluded. However, the basics of alliance behavior have not. This study argues that a new approach to leading alliances today is required. Bandwagoning alliances require states who lead them to be more open to feedback and equitable participation from their smaller partners. To support this theory, this thesis combines empirical analysis with process tracing. Specifically, the case of U.S. relations with Europe is analyzed. The United States has adhered to traditional definitions of acceptable leadership in bandwagoning alliances and has not adapted to the current security environment. As a result, the United States has provoked the rise of Europe-centric coalitions that exclude U.S. leadership, such as the European Union. This situation can be ameliorated by incorporating cooperative means more akin to traditional balancing alliances.
© Timothy M. Snyder
Snyder, Timothy M., "Between Protection And Provocation: Adapting Alliance Management To Unbalanced Multipolarity" (2009). MSU Graduate Theses. 2851.