Most theorists seek the origins of modern institutional legitimacy in legal or moral principles. However, the Security Council (SC) has been inconsistent at best in applying legal principles; its decision-making procedures are not inclusive, transparent or bas...

Article defines the attributes of national alliance membership which tend to be associated with war participation.   Their results show that nations will be more apt to join their allies in a war when;   1)      Many of their allies are in the war,...

Point: Alliance formation is not associated with high levels of war.   There appears to be a fundamental difference in the character of alliances.   Alliances before Congress of Vienna (1815) were offensive while after that alliances are defensive ...

Point: Alliances do influence the probability of MIDs but the direction of that influence depends on the content of the treaty.   The article argues that we should disaggregate the alliances depending on their content rather than considering all of them ...

Alliance Norms and War

Charles Kegley, Gregory A. Raymond 10.05.2017 22:15 International Relations Interstate conflict

Point: How alliances are viewed legally within the international community can provide insight on why nations break alliances or honor them and how bound they feel by their treaties and how this relates to war. The conclusions of this study are that warfare is...