By J. Davidson
Why do Britain, France, and Italy supply or refuse army help for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This booklet presents a special, multiple-case learn research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with best policymakers and analysts offer perception into allies' judgements in regards to the Kosovo warfare, Afghanistan, and the Iraq struggle.
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And we always have to remember, both the United States and ourselves, that the main potential aggressor is the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact because they are really hitting at our total way of life. ”98 In other words, Britain could not best prepare for defense against the USSR if it made large contributions to address only moderate threats to its national interest. Margaret Thatcher came to office concerned about the state of Britain’s power and prestige. As she said a few months before the 1979 general election, “[t]wenty years ago Britain stood really high in the world.
55 Constructivists also argue that states internalize international norms and comply with them because they see them as just. , norms require action) should make states likely to provide support. , norms proscribe intervention or multiple norms conflict), states should be unlikely to provide support. Government statements regarding their decision are the best guides to which norms are most relevant for a particular country in a particular case. Two caveats apply. First, norms should be widely shared (although not necessarily universal) in the international system.
It is most difficult to make clear claims about cases where the international factors are split and public opinion is irrelevant. High alliance value should be sufficient to lead to support even if threat is low (and prestige is not implicated). Similarly, if alliance value is low and the target threatens national interest (or prestige is implicated), the government should provide support. Several factors may complicate these causal logics, however. First, levels of alliance value and threat/prestige may be crucial: for example, extremely high alliance value will be more likely to lead to support than moderately high alliance value.