Evan N. Resnick is an assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Allies of Convenience addresses an important but understudied topic, advances a novel argument, pits that argument against plausible competitors drawn from the literature, compiles a rich body of historical evidence to adjudicate among rival claims, and derives provocative implications, especially for policy. There is no other book that deals with alliances of convenience per se, and certainly not one that deftly combines theory, history, and policy import. This book should have an easy time standing out. - John Schuessler, author of Deceit on the Road to War: Presidents, Politics, and American Democracy
Allies of Convenience spotlights a domain of alliance politics that often bedevils U.S. foreign policy but eludes careful thought. It cleverly combines concepts, theory, and case studies to explain why the United States struggles to influence allies that need it more than it needs them. An important advance in neoclassical realist scholarship, it offers sharp insights into alliance management problems the United States must grapple with today and in the years to come. - Timothy W. Crawford, author of Pivotal Deterrence: Third-Party Statecraft and the Pursuit of Peace
In this outstanding book on a much-neglected subject, Evan N. Resnick unpacks the motivations of alliances among noncompatible states. With the aid of historical cases, the book shows why these alliances emerge periodically despite the general skepticism toward them. The book is a must-read for policy makers who many times engage in alliance formations for balancing and bandwagoning purposes without carefully considering their pros and cons. - T. V. Paul, author of Restraining Great Powers: Soft Balancing from Empires to the Global Era
Resnick’s Allies of Convenience is an incisive analysis of the role of alliances in U. S. foreign policy. This book will be of interest not only to international relations scholars but also to the current architects of American foreign policy. Coming at a time when alliances are currently being questioned and reevaluated, this book is a most welcome contribution. - David A. Baldwin, Princeton University
Standard bargaining theories are puzzled by the ability of allies that are not only weak but also distasteful to get so much advantage when dealing with the United States. In an important contribution, Evan N. Resnick shows that the answer lies in the open nature of the American domestic political system that allows the ally to build support within the United States and cripple the ability of the president to use his bargaining leverage. In these cases, the power of the United States does not translate into the power of the president. - Robert Jervis, coeditor of Chaos in the Liberal Order: The Trump Presidency and International Politics in the Twenty-First Century