Alignment, Alliance, and American Grand Strategy by Zachary Alan Selden

By Zachary Alan Selden

Even if US international coverage used to be principally unpopular within the early 2000s, many realms, specially these bordering Russia and China, elevated their protection cooperation with the United States. In Alignment, Alliance, and American Grand technique, Zachary Selden notes that the local energy of those intolerant states suggested threatened neighboring states to align with the United States. Gestures of alignment comprise participation in significant joint army workouts, involvement in US-led operations, the negotiation of agreements for US army bases, and efforts to hitch a US-led alliance. in contrast, Brazil can also be a emerging nearby strength, yet because it is a democratic kingdom, its associates haven't sought larger alliance with the United States.
Amid demands retrenchment or restraint, Selden makes the case coverage excited about protecting American army preeminence and the confirmed willingness to take advantage of strength might be what sustains the cooperation of second-tier states, which in flip support to keep up US hegemony at a conceivable price.

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Japan and Australia reaffirmed their alliances with the United States and participated in US-­led military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Singapore built new naval facilities specifically designed to host US Navy vessels, and Thailand increased its military cooperation with Theory and Prediction 35 the United States. Even Vietnam embarked on a program of limited military cooperation with the United States during this period. From the discussion of Russian and Chinese strategy, however, it appears that both of those states are engaging in some level of balancing against the United States and possibly in cooperation with one another for this larger strategic purpose.

17 Regardless of the differences between the bases of Russia’s and China’s power, both are clearly regional powers with significant ability to influence the smaller states around them. But Russia and China represent only half of the original formulation of the BRIC states as emerging markets in the late 1990s. The other two, India and Brazil, are distinguished from Russia and China by democratic governance. How second-­tier states react to rise of regional authoritarian powers and to the rise of democratic powers may be very different and have wide-­ranging consequences for the international system and the endurance of American hegemony.

By helping to extend the American military presence in their region through basing rights, they effectively blunt the regional power’s ability to exercise a form of regional hegemony that may not be in their interests. By participating in US-­led military operations (and by participating in exercises that make their militaries interoperable with that of the United States), secondary states demonstrate that they are good security partners if not formal allies. But more important, through these actions they take on some of the burden of maintaining the American hegemonic system that is broadly in their interests.

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