We are really glad to present the upcoming seminar: “Even Unipoles Need Friends: Power, Threat, and the Purpose of Alliances“. Professor Jason W. Davidson (Mary Washington University) will illustrate his new research project at the University of Genoa (June 30th 2016).
Here below the abstract:
A conventional wisdom exists on two aspects of US foreign policy. First, scholars state that prior to the early Cold War, the US was distinctive in having forgone alliances. Second, many argue that the United States chose to forgo alliances because of its moral revulsion at European diplomatic intrigue and that such revulsion became central to American identity, making it subsequently unlikely to ally with others. This paper will cast serious doubt on both of these elements of the conventional wisdom.
First, the paper will develop a thorough typology of alliances–agreements to further states’ security–and will demonstrate that the US has had many more alliances than the conventional wisdom suggests. Second, the paper will provide a realist explanation of the US’ varying demand for allies over time. The paper will argue that variance in the US’ relative power is the single most important factor in explaining its varying demand for alliances. Variance in power tells us about variance in American interests and varying means to protect those interests. Second, variance in threat to US security and interests combines with relative power to tell us why the US has needed particular allies at particular times.
See you there