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Arguing about Alliances: The Art of Agreement in Military-Pact Negotiations

Paul Poast


Why do some attempts to conclude alliance treaties end in failure? From the inability of European powers to form an alliance that would stop Hitler in the 1930s, to the present inability of Ukraine to join NATO, states frequently attempt but fail to form alliance treaties. This book sheds new light on the purpose of alliance treaties by recognizing that such treaties come from negotiations, and that negotiations can end in failure. It identifies two conditions that result in non-agreement: major incompatibilities in the internal war plans of the participants, and attractive alternatives to a n ... More

Keywords: alliance treaty, alliance treaties, negotiations, non-agreement, wartime planning, treaty negotiations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781501740244
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501740244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Poast, author
University of Chicago