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Intra-allied competition and alliance durability: the case for promoting a division of labour among NATO allies

Intra-allied competition and alliance durability: the case for promoting a division of labour... Abstract This article suggests that the asymmetry of capabilities underlying the transatlantic partnership is NATO's main source of stability. Drawing on insights from mainstream political Realism, we stress the virtues of asymmetry (i.e. providing the allies with a wide bargaining space, increasing the cost of defiance and reducing intra-allied competition). The presence of these characteristics gives member states the incentive to prolong the convergence of their otherwise different political interests. In light of this theoretical model, we formulate some policy prescriptions. In particular, we argue that the USA and European countries should continue developing their own particular areas of expertise – i.e. implementing a functional division of labour. Therefore, contrary to widespread opinion, we conclude that the transatlantic military gap shall not be conceived as a burden, but rather as a key asset for the preservation of NATO's effectiveness. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Security Taylor & Francis

Intra-allied competition and alliance durability: the case for promoting a division of labour among NATO allies

European Security , Volume 18 (3): 18 – Sep 1, 2009
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Taylor & Francis
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1746-1545
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0966-2839
DOI
10.1080/09662831003745922
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Abstract

Abstract This article suggests that the asymmetry of capabilities underlying the transatlantic partnership is NATO's main source of stability. Drawing on insights from mainstream political Realism, we stress the virtues of asymmetry (i.e. providing the allies with a wide bargaining space, increasing the cost of defiance and reducing intra-allied competition). The presence of these characteristics gives member states the incentive to prolong the convergence of their otherwise different political interests. In light of this theoretical model, we formulate some policy prescriptions. In particular, we argue that the USA and European countries should continue developing their own particular areas of expertise – i.e. implementing a functional division of labour. Therefore, contrary to widespread opinion, we conclude that the transatlantic military gap shall not be conceived as a burden, but rather as a key asset for the preservation of NATO's effectiveness.

Journal

European SecurityTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 2009

Keywords: NATO; alliance theory; US defence policy

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