Military Allies and Economic Conflict

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Economic conflicts among military allies may undermine their strategic alignment. Economic disputes in a wide range of areas – from weapons procurement to international trade to access to natural resources – go back to the very beginning of NATO. In recognition of these challenges, Article 2 of the NATO treaty calls upon the member states to ‘eliminate conflict in their … economic policies’. Examining the causes of such conflicts and efforts to resolve them hold the promise of yielding policy-relevant insights for contemporary public officials and defence strategists as they navigate the current geopolitical environment, including ‘de-risking’ economic relations with a more assertive China. One ally may need to make ‘side-payments’ to others in order to maintain strategic alignment on key security issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSurvival
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Politics and Strategy
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781040029602
ISBN (Print)9781032537146
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


  • Alliances
  • De-risking
  • Economic conflict
  • Externalities
  • International trade
  • NATO
  • Side-payments


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