Alliances and Security

S walt refines waltzs argument threat aggregate power

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Unformatted text preview: st in the outcome of someone else’s dispute Origins of Alliances: 1987 How do states choose their friends? Thesis: Balance of power theory is too one- dimensional (Ken Waltz’s) States care less about the distribution of power than the distribution of threats States form alliances in response to a perceived threat Look at the cold war – states in Western Europe would have sided with the soviet union if it was all about balancing What makes states side with or against the U.S. Walt refines Waltz’s argument Threat Aggregate power – what is the states population,...
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