The Advent of Unipolarity and its Effects on International Alliances: The “Special Relationship”
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This work analyzes whether or not the end of bipolarity and the corresponding advent of unipolarity has affected international alliances, while using the U.S.-British “Special Relationship” as the test model. It begins by analyzing the scholarly work on unipolarity and international alliances and then compares those theories to cases studies. The three case studies used as representative examples of the U.S.-British alliance are the Suez Crisis of 1956, the invasion of Grenada in 1983, and the Iraq War in 2003. The paper concludes that unipolarity has increased the leverage of the unipole, while decreasing the influence of its allies. This effect, however, is weakened by the recent increase in the institutionalization of international political power and prevalence of liberal norms.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2010
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