America’s Allies and War: Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq by J. Davidson

By J. Davidson

Why do Britain, France, and Italy offer or refuse army help for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This ebook offers a special, multiple-case research research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with most sensible policymakers and analysts supply perception into allies' judgements in regards to the Kosovo struggle, Afghanistan, and the Iraq conflict.

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S. desires were important in explaining the outcome. S. efforts to protect the presumed world-wide interests of the Western capitalist powers. . ”90 Middle Eastern instability was a moderate threat to British national interests. A chapter on the British contribution notes that there was a “ . . wider British interest in promoting the peace process in the Middle East. . ”93 Two characteristics of the case relating to Britain’s national interest explain why the contribution was so tardy and small.

First, the Mitterrand government was concerned that if the United States sent troops but France did not, regional stability would suffer. 127 In short, the Mitterrand government contributed troops because it sought to resolve a threat to stability in the region and because it believed only French troops could resolve it. Mitterrand, like many of his predecessors, was concerned with France’s prestige. 129 Because France’s prestige was implicated in Lebanon, it had no choice but to participate or lose prestige relative to its peers.

O]ur position as co-chairman of the 1954 Conference implied that we might find ourselves in a very embarrassing international position . . ”29 Historians have cast doubt on this explanation, however. The Geneva Conference cochair refrain, as historian Sylvia Ellis puts it, “ . . S. 2 in Chapter 7). 31 While the government valued the UK’s alliance relationship with the United States, its national interest was not threatened in Vietnam, and had it offered support, it would have faced negative electoral ramifications as both the public and the opposition were against providing British troops.

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