Defending Frenemies: Alliances, Politics, and Nuclear Nonproliferation in US Foreign Policy

ISBN : 9780190939311

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro
288 Pages
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Nov 2019
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The United States maintains defense ties with as many as 60 countries, which not only enables its armed forces to maintain command globally and to project its force widely, but also enables its government to exert leverage over allies' foreign policies and military strategies. In Defending Frenemies, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro presents a historical and comparative analysis of how successive US presidential administrations have employed inducements and coercive diplomacy toward Israel, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan over nuclear proliferation. Taliaferro shows that the ultimate goals in each administration, from John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, have been to contain the Soviet Union's influence in the Middle East and South Asia and to enlist China as an ally of convenience against the Soviets in East Asia. Policymakers' inclinations to pursue either accommodative strategies or coercive nonproliferation strategies toward allies have therefore been directly linked to these primary objectives. Defending Frenemies is sharp examination of how regional power dynamics and US domestic politics have shaped the nonproliferation strategies the US has pursued toward vulnerable and often obstreperous allies.


Abbreviations and Acronyms used in the Texts and Notes
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Neoclassical Realist Theory, Alliance Politics, and Nonproliferation
Chapter 3: The United States and Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1961-1973
Chapter 4: The United States and Pakistan's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1975-1990
Chapter 5: The United States and South Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1971-1981
Chapter 6: The United States and Taiwan's Nuclear Weapons Program, 1967-1978
Chapter 7: Conclusions

About the author: 

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His research and teaching focus on security studies, international relations theory, international history and politics, US foreign policy, intelligence, and national security. He earned a PhD in government from Harvard University and an AB from Duke University. He is the author of Balancing Risks: Great Power Intervention in the Periphery, which won the American Political Science Association's Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Award for the Best Book in International History and Politics, and the co-author, with Norrin M. Ripsman and Steven E. Lobell, of Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics.

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