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Are Allies Necessary?

The United States today has numerous allies in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East whom Americans are committed to defend. Despite the end of the Cold War, Americans are regaled at home and abroad with rationales for reinvigorating alliances that skeptics question in the new era.

Edward A. Olsen

Edward A. Olsen is a professor of national-security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California, and the author of U.S. National Defense for the Twenty-First Century: The Grand Exit Strategy (Frank Cass) and...

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