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Following the Leader: International Order, Alliance Strategies, and Emulation

Raymond C. Kuo


Nations have powerful reasons to get their military alliances right. When security pacts go well, they underpin regional and global order; when they fail, they spread wars across continents as states are dragged into conflict. We would, therefore, expect states to carefully tailor their military partnerships to specific conditions. This expectation, Raymond C. Kuo argues, is wrong. Following the Leader argues that most countries ignore their individual security interests in military pacts, instead converging on a single, dominant alliance strategy. The book introduces a new social theory of st ... More

Keywords: Alliances, International order, Foreign Policy, Strategy, Emulation, Diffusion, Rank, Status; Legitimacy, Asia; Europe, Southern Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781503628434
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9781503628434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raymond C. Kuo, author