Lecture 2.7 - Lecture 2/7/08 Alliances - A coalition of...

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Lecture 2/7/08 Alliances - A coalition of states that coordinate their actions to accomplolish some end o Most are formalized in written treaties o Concern a common threat and related issues of international security o Endure across a range of issues and a period of time Purposes of Alliances - Augumenting their members power o By pooling capabilities, two or more states can exert greater leverage in  their bargaining with other states o For smaller states, alliances can be their most important power element o But alliances can change quickly and decisively o Most form in response to a preceived threat - Alliance cohesion o The ease with which the members hold together and alliance o Tends to be high when national interest concerge and when cooperation  within the alliance becomes instititionalized and habitual - Burden sharing o Who bears the cost of the alliance NATO - One of the most important formal alliances
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course POLI SCI 103 taught by Professor Pevehouse during the Spring '08 term at Wisconsin.

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Lecture 2.7 - Lecture 2/7/08 Alliances - A coalition of...

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