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When human capital threatens the Capitol
How does aid in the form of training influence foreign militaries’ relationship to domestic politics? The United States has trained tens of thousands of officers in foreign militaries with the goals
Cruising for a Bruising: Maritime Competition in an Anti-Access Age
Abstract This paper explores the likelihood of maritime crisis stability between China and the United States by building on existing research on the Sino-American naval balance and the concepts of
Power and Democratic Weakness
While realists and neoconservatives generally disagreed on the Iraq invasion of 2003, nothing inherent in either approach to foreign policy accounts for this. Neoconservatism’s enthusiasm for
America and the Arms Trade: From Subsidies to Rent Extraction
This paper introduces a theory explaining the circumstances under which the United States takes advantage of its defense industrial market power and globalization’s efficiency gains to collect
The Myth of Military Myopia: Democracy, Small Wars, and Vietnam
A capital- and firepower-intensive military doctrine is, in general, poorly suited for combating an insurgency. It is therefore puzzling that democracies, particularly the United States, tenaciously
Who's Arming Asia?
The United States’ dominance in arms exports to Asia, a source of regional influence, is under threat.
Democratic Militarism: Voting, Wealth, and War
1. Introduction: sources of democratic military aggression 2. Cost distribution and aggressive grand strategy 3. Analyses of public opinion 4. Analyses of arming and war 5. British electoral reform
United States Hegemony and the New Economics of Defense
Liberal theory asserts that the need for cost-effective, technologically advanced weapons requires the United States to acquiesce to increasing defense globalization even as this restrains U.S.
Aiming at Doves
Politicians (and journalists covering them) assume that association with the military has political consequences. We propose and experimentally test conditions under which military images have such
Explaining U.S. Military Strategy in Vietnam: Thinking Clearly about Causation
Cost distribution theory suggests that the costs to the median voter in a democracy of fighting an insurgency with firepower are relatively low compared to a more labor-intensive approach. Therefore,