When Allies Differ: Anglo-American Relations During the Suez and Falklands Crises

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How do the leaders of an alliance manage a situation in which their interests diverge from those of their allies? When Allies Differ focuses on two cases, the Suez crisis of 1956 and the Falklands war of 1982, in which the interests of two of the closest allies, namely Britain and the United States, clashed. The convincing analysis of the Suez crisis draws on recently declassified archival material and catalogs the extraordinary misunderstandings that brought the future of the Atlantic Alliance into question. ...
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Overview

How do the leaders of an alliance manage a situation in which their interests diverge from those of their allies? When Allies Differ focuses on two cases, the Suez crisis of 1956 and the Falklands war of 1982, in which the interests of two of the closest allies, namely Britain and the United States, clashed. The convincing analysis of the Suez crisis draws on recently declassified archival material and catalogs the extraordinary misunderstandings that brought the future of the Atlantic Alliance into question. Though the Falklands war is seen to have left the Alliance intact, Richardson argues that it damaged U.S. interests. Using extensive interviews with participants from both sides of the Atlantic, the author recreates the decisionmaking process used during the Falklands war and exposes the centrality of domestic bureaucratic politics in global diplomacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312158521
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/20/1996
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.81 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Chronology of the Suez Crisis
Chronology of the Falklands War
1 Introduction 1
2 Anglo-American Relations in the Suez Crisis, Part I: Reining In 23
3 Anglo-American Relations in the Suez Crisis, Part II: Lashing Out 69
4 Anglo-American Relations in the Falklands War, Part I: Neutral 111
5 Anglo-American Relations in the Falklands War, Part II: Ally 137
6 Transgovernmental Politics 161
7 Alliance Management 185
8 Conclusion 211
Notes 223
Sources - Suez Case 259
Interviews - Falklands Case 260
Bibliography 261
Index 274
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