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Following the LeaderInternational Order, Alliance Strategies, and Emulation$
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Raymond C. Kuo

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503628434

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503628434.001.0001

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Transhistorical Patterns in Alliance Strategy

Transhistorical Patterns in Alliance Strategy

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(p.1) 1 Transhistorical Patterns in Alliance Strategy
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Following the Leader
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Raymond C. Kuo

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503628434.003.0001

Given the dangers of war, states should carefully tailor their alliances to specific threats and constraints. We expect wide variety in security strategies and pact designs. This expectation is wrong. In any year, 75 percent of states pursue identical alliance strategies. Why do countries ignore their individuated conditions and converge on a single dominant alliance strategy? This chapter presents the book’s puzzle, describing patterns in alliance design from 1715–2003.

Keywords:   alliances, international order, dominant alliance strategy, realpolitik, security community

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