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The Supply Side of SecurityA Market Theory of Military Alliances$
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Tongfi Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804796965

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804796965.001.0001

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(p.166) 7 Conclusion
The Supply Side of Security

Tongfi Kim

Stanford University Press

This chapter concludes the study by discussing the book’s implications for international relations theory and policy of the United States, its East Asian allies and China. In particular, the chapter emphasizes that the rise of China affects both the demand-side and supply-side factors in the alliance market. The distribution of military capabilities in the international system is likely to remain unipolar for the foreseeable future, but many perceive a decline in the US power, especially relative to the rising power of China. This perception of power shift affects both the demand side and the supply side of the alliance market. Moreover, the rise of China and the relative decline of the United States alter the costs and benefits of the alliances for the United States.

Keywords:   continuing role of alliances, theoretical implications, policy implications, power shift, US Foreign policy, East Asia, rise of China, fear of abandonment and entanglement

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