Global Allies

Global Allies

Comparing US Alliances in the 21st Century

Edited by: Michael Wesley orcid

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The global system of alliances that the United States built after the Second World War underpinned the stability and prosperity of the postwar order. But during the 20th century, the multilateral NATO alliance system in Europe and the bilateral San Francisco alliance system in Asia rarely interacted. This changed in the early 21st century, as US allies came together to fight and stabilise conflicts in the Middle East and Central Asia. This volume presents the first-ever comparative study of US alliances in Europe and Asia from the perspectives of US allies: the challenges, opportunities and shifting dynamics of these fundamental pillars of order. This volume is essential reading for those interested in contemporary and future regional and global security dynamics.


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Jun 2017
ANU Press
Social Sciences: Military & Defence Studies, Politics & International Studies
East Asia: Japan; Europe: Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland; North America; Southeast Asia: Thailand

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  1. Global Allies in a Changing World (PDF, 0.1MB)Michael Wesley doi
  2. Japan: From Passive Partner to Active Ally (PDF, 0.2MB)HDP Envall doi
  3. Germany: A Lynchpin Ally? (PDF, 0.2MB)Markus Kaim doi
  4. Continuity Amidst Change: The Korea – United States Alliance (PDF, 0.1MB)Youngshik Bong doi
  5. Denmark’s Fight Against Irrelevance, or the Alliance Politics of ‘Punching Above Your Weight’ (PDF, 0.2MB)Kristian Søby Kristensen & Kristian Knus Larsen doi
  6. Crusaders and Pragmatists: Australia Debates the American Alliance (PDF, 0.1MB)Brendan Taylor & William T Tow doi
  7. The Challenges and Dynamics of Alliance Policies: Norway, NATO and the High North (PDF, 0.2MB)Wrenn Yennie Lindgren & Nina Græger doi
  8. An Ally at the Crossroads: Thailand in the US Alliance System (PDF, 0.2MB)Kitti Prasirtsuk doi
  9. Poland as an Ally (PDF, 0.1MB)Witold Rodkiewicz doi

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