Chapter

Conclusion

Sarah E. Kreps

in Coalitions of Convenience

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199753796
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827152 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199753796.003.0008
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This concluding chapter begins by discussing how the central argument and alternative hypotheses fared in the case studies presented in this book. Second, it evaluates how the main argument would apply to states other than the United States, laying out the conditions under which both other powerful states and small states would be expected to act multilaterally or unilaterally. The third part uses the argument to consider the factors that might be better suited to cooperation; this section makes the policy case for better intelligence assessments and realism about the costs of war, since the costs of war are systematically underestimated, meaning that cooperation is systematically undervalued. The remaining section of the chapter looks at the future of multilateralism, suggesting that formal multilateralism might be decreasingly workable as relative American power decline.

Keywords: United States; multilateralism; international cooperation; costs of war

Chapter.  8559 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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