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New Balance Of Threat: East Asian Alliance Formation And Capacity Development, Ben Humphreys Jan 2000

New Balance Of Threat: East Asian Alliance Formation And Capacity Development, Ben Humphreys

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The different analyses and predictions of alliance behavior and capacity development advocated in the literature are based on the application of different theoretical perspectives to international relationships. As none of these theories dominate the field, the contradictory predictions do not empower current policy-makers with any clear sense of the future of alliance formation in East Asia. In this thesis I present the major theoretical frameworks that explain alliance formation behavior. Then I examine the empirical evidence independent of any theoretical considerations. I then apply the empirical evidence regarding capacity development in East Asia during 1990-1998 to these theories to determine ...


Deja Vu In 1946: Reinterpreting The Origins Of Containment, Jonathan Barry Jan 1998

Deja Vu In 1946: Reinterpreting The Origins Of Containment, Jonathan Barry

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For nearly fifty years, mainstream Cold War historians have credited George Kennan with ushering in a new age in foreign policy. Kennan did, after all, send a "Long Telegram" from Moscow on February 22, 1946 that crystallized for the US government a policy of "containing" the Soviet regime. Kennan, a State Department official and expert on Soviet affairs, submitted to Secretary of State James Byrnes an 8,000 word telegram depicting a communist government bent on upholding the expansionist tradition of the Russian czars. He further claimed that "all Soviet efforts on... [an] international plane will be negative and destructive ...