November 29, 2017
1912 Community Center (Moscow, Idaho)
Lisa Carlson discussed “The Role of Alliances in
Contemporary American Foreign Policy” at the League of Women Voters of
Moscow (LWV-Moscow) forum on November 29th in the Fiske Room
of the 1912 Center, Moscow.
the last 60 years, the predominant belief held by foreign policy
decision-makers is that the benefits the U.S. derives from alliances
more than outweighs the costs and risks associated with those alliances.
That belief has come under attack by detractors who argue that alliances
do more harm than good, and thereby, the U.S. should begin to retreat
from some of its international commitments.
explored both sides of this issue by examining the purpose of forming
alliances, the benefits, costs, and risks associated with those
commitments, and the reasons why the U.S. chooses to ally itself with
some states and groups and not others.
Carlson is Borah professor of international relations in the University of Idaho Political Science Department. In 1994, she earned a doctorate in international relations from Rice University. Teaching interests include international war, foreign policy, political violence and revolutions, and game theory.