American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry

ISBN : 9780199673681

Stefanie von Hlatky
208 ページ
162 x 235 mm

Why are allies so unpredictable? In American Allies in Times of War, Stefanie von Hlatky tackles this question by examining military cooperation between the United States and its allies. First, this book demonstrates that alliance demands in times of war cannot always be met by democratic allies due to domestic political constraints. Second, concerns over the delivery of military assets can further curtail the ability of governments to commit resources to war. The author convincingly argues that it is essential to account for these factors to understand the varying levels of military cooperation observed between the US and its closest partners. This book offers an original comparative analysis of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australias response to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The case studies highlight that decisions involving the use of force must address both domestic-level constraints and the importance of the bilateral relationship with the United States. This book explains how American allies can manage requests for political and military support by resorting to effective negotiation strategies to influence the terms of cooperation. American Allies in Times of War offers a comprehensive analysis of why and how allies go to war together and dispels some myths and misconceptions about the politics behind military cooperation. It is intended for policymakers, academics, and students who want to gain insight into how foreign and defence policy is made and how domestic pressures and operational constraints impact contemporary military engagements.


1. Introduction: Why are Allies so Unpredictable?
2. A Theory of Asymmetric Security Cooperation
3. Exceeding Expectations: The UK and the War on Terror
4. Canada-U.S. Relations and the War on Terror
5. Australia: Regional Power, Global War
6. Conclusion: Overcoming the Great Asymmetry


Stefanie von Hlatky is assistant professor of political studies at Queen's University. She received her PhD in Political Science from Universite de Montreal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. In 2010, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies and a policy scholar with the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. In 2011, she was a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College's Dickey Center for International Understanding. Prior to joining Queen's, von Hlatky was a senior researcher with the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich. She is also the founder of Women in International Security-Canada.