Worse Than a Monolith Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia

ISBN-10: 0691142610
ISBN-13: 9780691142616
Edition: 2011
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

In brute-force struggles for survival, such as the two World Wars, disorganization and divisions within an enemy alliance are to one's own advantage. However, most international security politics involve coercive diplomacy and negotiations short of all-out war.Worse Than a Monolithdemonstrates that when states are engaged in coercive diplomacy--combining threats and assurances to influence the behavior of real or potential adversaries--divisions, rivalries, and lack of coordination within the opposing camp often make it more difficult to prevent the onset of conflict, to prevent existing conflicts from escalating, and to negotiate the end to those conflicts promptly. Focusing on relations between the Communist and anti-Communist alliances in Asia during the cold war, Thomas Christensen explores how internal divisions and lack of cohesion in the two alliances complicated and undercut coercive diplomacy by sending confusing signals about strength, resolve, and intent. In the case of the Communist camp, internal mistrust and rivalries catalyzed the movement's aggressiveness in ways that we would not have expected from a more cohesive movement under Moscow's clear control. Reviewing newly available archival material, Christensen examines the instability in relations across the Asian cold war divide, and sheds new light on the Korean and Vietnam wars. While recognizing clear differences between the cold war and post-cold war environments, he investigates how efforts to adjust burden-sharing roles among the United States and its Asian security partners have complicated U.S.-China security relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of "Useful Adversaries" (Princeton). From 2006-2008, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Growing Pains: Alliance Formation and the Road to Conflict in Korea
Alliance Problems, Signaling, and Escalation of Asian Conflict
The Benefits of Communist Alliance Coordination and the Continuing Costs of U.S. Alliance Formation, 1951-56
The Sino-Soviet Split and Problems for the United States Asia, Europe, and the Americas, 1956-64
From Escalation in Vietnam to Sino-American Rapprochement, 1964-72
The Fall and Revival of Coercive Diplomacy: Security Partnerships and Sino-American Security Relations, 1972-2009
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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