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Worse Than a Monolith by Thomas J. Christensen

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Chapter 8CONCLUSION

Disorganization and discord in alliance politics has made the maintenance of peace through coercive diplomacy in Asia very difficult. In fact, the Cold War likely would have been less hot if the U.S.-led alliance and the Soviet-led alliance had consistently been more closely coordinated and better organized and, therefore, had sent clearer and more coherent signals in their security policies. In the case of the communist alliance in particular, Cold War stability in Asia and beyond would likely have been greater had the alliance been more tightly controlled by the more moderate and globally oriented revisionist state, the Soviet Union, than it was when the Soviets were in competition for leadership of the alliance with the ...

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