Alliance Entrapment and the Foreign Policy of Donald Trump

Alliance Entrapment and the Foreign Policy of Donald Trump

In a new article in Contemporary Security Policy, Alexander Lanoszka provides a new conceptual framework to study how allies can entrap the United States in their conflicts. He argues that the Trump administration is actually attuned to those entrapment risks.

The Counterproductive Consequences of America's Vicarious Wars

The Counterproductive Consequences of America’s Vicarious Wars

In seeking to confront various security threats while simultaneously evading associated military and political costs, America has come to rely on the vicarious warfighting approaches of delegation, danger-proofing and darkness.

Defense cooperation 2.0: The challenge of trilateral and quadrilateral defense arrangements in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

Defense cooperation 2.0: The challenge of trilateral and quadrilateral defense arrangements in the Indo-Asia-Pacific

Despite heightened tensions in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region–and increased calls for trilateral and quadrilateral defense arrangements–the United States and its allies find it difficult to establish multilateral defense cooperation.

Why September 11 and drones don’t tell the whole story about targeted killings

Why September 11 and drones don’t tell the whole story about targeted killings

To understand the proliferation of target killing as a new method of warfare, we have to look beyond events like 9/11 or the emergence of new technology.

How Human Rights Watch Tried to Suppress a Targeted Killing Norm

How Human Rights Watch Tried to Suppress a Targeted Killing Norm

The United States has been trying to build support for its case that its targeted killings should be considered legal. Human Rights Watch has been trying to resist this effort. This clash offers us deeper insights into how the global rules of the game are determined.

Caveats in coalition operations: Why do states restrict their military efforts?

Caveats in coalition operations: Why do states restrict their military efforts?

Caveats refer to the reservations states impose on how their forces can operate when assigned to a military coalition operation. Many argue that caveats have been a particular problem for unity of effort in multinational military coalition operations in the…

Israel and the Gulf States: Towards a Tacit Security Regime?

Israel and the Gulf States: Towards a Tacit Security Regime?

The nuclear threat posed by Iran has brought Israel and the Gulf States closer together. This nascent tacit security regime allows these countries to address the common threat while sidestepping the more intractable issue of Palestinian statehood.

Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

Why China bothers about THAAD Missile Defense

The United States has announced that it will deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system to the Republic of Korea. China has objected as it fears encirclement. The United States should continue to engage with China via official and other channels to mitigate concerns and avoid misperceptions.

Donald Trump and Nuclear Cooperation: the Art of the Deal

Donald Trump and Nuclear Cooperation: the Art of the Deal

The election of Donald Trump raises questions about nuclear cooperation with allies in Europe and Asia. Reducing the role and prominence of U.S. nuclear weapons in its alliances, however, would remove a major avenue for U.S. influence.

Why democracies may support other democracies – but not autocracies – against rebellions

Why democracies may support other democracies – but not autocracies – against rebellions

Democratic peace theory has been extensively tested in cases of interstate war. It is important that we use these insights as well to better understand intervention in civil wars. Our research shows that it matters whether the regime fighting against rebels is a democracy or autocracy.