“Even Unipoles Need Friends: Power, Threat, and the Purpose of Alliances”

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).

The event will take place at the Department of Political Science (DISPO), University of Genoa, Aula 16, Albergo dei Poveri Piazzale Brignole 2, Genova.

This is the last seminar organized by Andrea Catanzaro and Fabrizio Coticchia, within the course: “War, conflicts and peacebuilding“.

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

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Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 45

While fighting continues in Libya, Syria, and Iraq (and elsewhere), much attention has been devoted to leaders and leadership this week.

Russia possibly tops the list. Putin’s assertiveness abroad and at home is the hot topic, also following the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Possibly, you already read everything about it in the past few days. So we suggest you also watch the 3rd season of TV series House of Cards and look if you agree with how Russia is portrayed there.

President Obama is building is legacy. Still a lot of clouds linger over his presidency with reference to foreign policy, possibly not to break up until he’s long away from office. One message is trying to send, anyway, is “Be Not Afraid” (from March issue of The Atlantic).

Third, Benjamin Netanyahu went to Congress for a highly controversial speech. Debate rages on pretty much everything concerning the Israeli leader. This is his speech, no comments attached.

Power politics has been long back in Asia. So military analysts have been starting to look at military planning, with Japan and China being the most scrutinized subjects. Navies, in particular, enjoyed a great deal of attention (Venus featured a piece on the theme a while ago), and this how Japan might be facing China’s growing military prowess.

Last, a very different piece on music, culture and Malcolm X. Addressed issue, among else: is the African American leader shot in 1965 a hero for Muslim radicals in Europe?

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