To Arm or to Ally? The Patron's Dilemma and the Strategic Logic of Arms Transfers and Alliances

@article{YarhiMilo2016ToAO,
  title={To Arm or to Ally? The Patron's Dilemma and the Strategic Logic of Arms Transfers and Alliances},
  author={Keren Yarhi-Milo and Alexander Lanoszka and Zack Cooper},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2016},
  volume={41},
  pages={90-139}
}
How do great powers decide whether to provide arms to or form alliances with client states? This “patron's dilemma” revolves around a decision about how to best provide security to clients without becoming entrapped in unwanted conflicts. Strong commitments worsen the risk of entrapment, whereas weak commitments intensify fears of abandonment. This traditional alliance dilemma can be addressed through the provision of arms and alliances. Great power patrons primarily make such decisions on the… 
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