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Global allies: comparing US alliances in the 21st century

Global allies: comparing US alliances in the 21st century

Wesley, Michael, 1968- editor

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

Electronic resource. English. Electronic books.
Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press 2017

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Michael Wesley
ISBN: 1760461180, 9781760461171, 9781760461188
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: Electronic text
System: Ebook accessible via internet.
Subject: Diplomatic relations.; Alliances.; United States Politics and government 21st century.; United States Foreign relations Asia.; Politics and government.; Europe.; Balance of power.; United States.; Asia.; United States Foreign relations Europe.; Australian
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Global allies in a changing world / Michael Wesley
  2. Japan: from passive partner to active ally / HDP Envall
  3. Germany: a lynchpin ally? / Markus Kaim
  4. Continuity amidst change: the Korea-United States alliance / Youngshik Bong
  5. Crusaders and pragmatists: Australia debates the American alliance / Brendan Taylor & William T Tow
  6. An ally at the crossroads: Thailand in the US alliance system / Kitti Prasirtsuk
  7. Poland as an ally / Witold Rodkiewicz.