What Allies Want: Reconsidering Loyalty, Reliability, and Alliance Interdependence

  title={What Allies Want: Reconsidering Loyalty, Reliability, and Alliance Interdependence},
  author={Iain D. Henry},
  journal={International Security},
  • Iain D. Henry
  • Published 1 April 2020
  • Political Science
  • International Security
Leaders believe that if their state abandons one ally during a crisis, then their state's other allies will expect similar disloyalty in the future. Thus, a single instance of disloyalty can damage, or even destroy, alliances with other states. Because of this belief in interdependence—that developments in one alliance will also affect other alliances—the desire to demonstrate loyalty has exercised a tremendous influence on U.S. policy. But is indiscriminate loyalty what allies want? The First… 
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