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Postcard commemorating the signing of the Second Anglo-Japanese Alliance. Issued by Mitsukoshi Department Store, Tokyo in 1905.

Wikimedia CC/Mitsukoshi Department Store (1905)

Seminar - Open to the Public

Despite Divisions: When Alliances Require Coercion to Form

Thu., Jan. 26, 2023 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: Mina Erika Pollmann, Research Fellow, International Security Program

Pro-alliance leaders would rather form an alliance by persuasion than by coercion. Whether pro-alliance leaders have to escalate from persuading to coercing anti-alliance leaders to form an alliance depends on how strongly anti-alliance leaders are motivated to oppose the proposed alliance. There are three distinct reasons possible for why anti-alliance leaders would oppose a proposed alliance: entrapment concerns, provocation concerns, and relative capabilities. The cases examined in this seminar suggest that entrapment concerns and provocation concerns both motivate anti-alliance leaders, though entrapment concerns have a slightly stronger correlation with when pro-alliance leaders must escalate to coercion. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: