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Why should the United States cling to military alliances established during the Cold War when the circumstances are now fundamentally different? In The End of Alliances, Rajan Menon argues that our alliances in Europe and Asia have become irrelevant to the challenges we face today. The United States must be actively involved beyond its borders, but by relying on coalitions whose membership varies depending on the issue at hand. While a strategy that ceases to rely on alliances will mark a dramatic shift in American foreign policy, he reminds us that states routinely reassess and reorient their strategies. The United States, which studiously avoided alliances for much of its history only to embrace them during the Cold War, is no exception. The End of Alliances predicts that the coming change in American strategy will force our traditional allies to rethink their choices and create new patterns in world politics. The controversial argument advanced by Menon will provoke debate among foreign policy specialists and the general public.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 154 x 234 x 20mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195377265
  • 9780195377262

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Menon shows that the role of traditional alliances is fated to diminish even if America shifts to a more restrained global stance. Menon's astute analysis is a warning against relying on these allies to be the linchpin of a new, post-Bush foreign policy. * Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University * With elegance and wisdom, Rajan Menon shows why America's Cold War alliances make little sense, and why they need to be jettisoned in order to deal more effectively with the fundamental realities of the contemporary world. Whether one agrees or disagrees, this book both illuminates and stimulates. The End of Alliances is an outstanding contribution to the ongoing debate about America's role in the world. * Melvyn P. Leffler, Stettinius Professor of American History, University of Virginia * Menon makes a compelling case that Washington's foreign policy is at a critical juncture: if the United States alters its policy with a maximum of speed and grace, it can preserve * even strengthen * This is a book worthy of attention and debate, particularly from those whose responsibility it will be to repair US global influence. It is a very smart book that makes a fundamental argument * that a US grand strategy grounded in multilateral or bilateral alliances (NATO, or with Japan and Korea) has become a brittle, dispensable relic of the containment era....What Menon does extraordinarily well is write about all of this in a marvelously erudite style, while maintaining a succinct delivery....Highly recommended. * In this powerfully argued and elegantly written book, Rajan Menon makes the case that the American foreign policy of the future will differ dramatically, and in ways not yet fully appreciated, from the international role of the United States to which the world, and Americans, became accustomed in the second half of the twentieth century. The End of Alliances will be widely discussed and debated both in the United States and in the rest of the world. * Michael Mandelbaum, author of The Case for Goliath: How America Acts as the World's Government in the Twenty-first Century * In this book, Rajan Menon has accomplished something that many people call for but almost no one actually does. He has thought originally, from the bottom up, about how the United States should conduct its foreign policy * and proposes a major shift in the way America spends money, makes promises, and commits troops. A change like the one he outlines is coming sooner or later, and it will turn out better for America and the world if his argument gets the attention it deserves. * Rajan Menon's book is indispensable reading for anyone interested in understanding America's position in the world in the decades to come. * Hendrik Spruyt, Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations, Northwestern University * Menon offers a clear picture of the global shifts that have thrown the role of alliances into question. * G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs *show more

About Rajan Menon

Rajan Menon is Monroe J. Rathbone Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University and a Fellow at the New America Foundation.show more

Table of contents

Preface ; Chapter 1 The Impermanence of Paradigms ; Chapter 2 Alliances and America's Grand Strategy ; Chapter 3 Whither the Atlantic Alliance ; Chapter 4 A Japan That Can-and Will-Do More ; Chapter 5 Korea: Coming of Age ; Chapter 6 Conclusion ; Notes ; Indexshow more

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