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

Thomas J. Christensen


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. This book demonstrates 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 regional conflicts, to prevent existing conflic ... More

Keywords: international security, coercive diplomacy, regional conflicts, alliances, Asia, Cold War, security relations, United States, People's Republic of China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691142609
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691142609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas J. Christensen, author
Princeton University