By Ruike Xu
This booklet seeks to demystify the patience of the Anglo-American unique courting (AASR) within the post-Cold struggle period via developing a brand new idea of alliance endurance. This thought of alliance patience not just has more desirable explanatory strength than the essential version of pursuits and sentiments, but in addition opens a brand new means for knowing what components have avoided the AASR from collapsing. This cutting edge new quantity fills the space in AASR literature by means of concentrating on the real function of institutionalization in maintaining the AASR, an element that has been considerably neglected in present educational study.
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The bigger the power of one state, the more useful it becomes in the eyes of other allies. Otherwise, it will be less useful vis-à-vis other allies. Nonetheless, the UK still retains more utility to the US than any other American allies. States care about their positions in an alliance. Distribution of power largely determines distribution of leadership within an alliance. In the case of the AASR, the US is the senior partner which takes the leadership role most of the time. The UK, by contrast, is the junior partner which usually follows the American leadership.
This new theory of alliance persistence, though far from perfect, has stronger explanatory power than the predominant model of interests and sentiments. It also opens a new way for understanding what factors have prevented the AASR from collapsing. It is noteworthy that this book fills the gap in the literature of Anglo-American relations by focusing on the important role of institutionalisation in a single chapter. Furthermore, this theory of alliance persistence has a wider application. It is a theoretical contribution to international relations.
Policymakers of states are not purely rational in the realist sense. They are not robots programmed to act purely rational in pursuit of their cold-hearted national interests on the world stage. In fact, their views of the world and their definition of national interests are unavoidably shaped by their own identity. The identity of a policymaker is reflected by the values he or she adheres to. It turns out to be rather difficult for policymakers in any country “to step outside 40 R. XU of themselves when judging others.
Alliance Persistence within the Anglo-American Special Relationship: The Post-Cold War Era by Ruike Xu