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

By J. Davidson

Why do Britain, France, and Italy supply or refuse army help for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This publication offers a special, multiple-case research research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with most sensible policymakers and analysts supply perception into allies' judgements in regards to the Kosovo warfare (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and the Iraq battle (2003). The circumstances exhibit that neoclassical realist factors--alliance worth, hazard, status, and electoral politics--explain allies' judgements larger than constructivist factors--identity and norms. The booklet in brief covers extra situations (Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf struggle, Somalia) and concludes with strategies for expanding destiny allied army aid.

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S. intervention in Vietnam would lead to expanded conflict and greater regional instability. 49 Some evidence suggests that prestige played a role in France’s Vietnam policy. 51 It seems most likely that prestige tells us why de Gaulle publicly criticized America’s Vietnam policy (v. why de Gaulle refused military support). ”53 The French public opposed providing military support but there is no evidence that electoral politics drove de Gaulle’s decision. 54 It is likely that a higher percentage would have opposed a French contribution.

100 The British military’s success in retaking the islands led to an upward adjustment in assessments of British prestige. Conservative MP Alan Clark said, “ . . our standing in the world has been totally altered by this. ”101 Prestige may have contributed to the decision to contribute troops to the MNF, though I know of no evidence to this effect. indd 42 2/11/2011 8:49:38 PM Vietnam, Lebanon, Persian Gulf, and Somalia ● 43 Public opinion was not a significant factor in this case. It seems that the British public favored support.

O]ur position as co-chairman of the 1954 Conference implied that we might find ourselves in a very embarrassing international position . . ”29 Historians have cast doubt on this explanation, however. The Geneva Conference cochair refrain, as historian Sylvia Ellis puts it, “ . . S. 2 in Chapter 7). 31 While the government valued the UK’s alliance relationship with the United States, its national interest was not threatened in Vietnam, and had it offered support, it would have faced negative electoral ramifications as both the public and the opposition were against providing British troops.

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