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Defending Frenemies: Alliances, Politics, and Nuclear Nonproliferation in US Foreign Policy

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro


Defending Frenemies examines the nonproliferation strategies that the United States pursued toward vulnerable and often obstreperous allies in three volatile regions of the globe, the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia, from the early 1960s to the early 1990s. It presents a historical and comparative analysis of how successive US presidential administrations (those of John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush) employed inducements and coercive diplomacy toward Israel, Pakistan, South Korea, and Taiwan over nuclear proliferation. Building upon neoclassical realism, Jeffrey W. Taliaferro argues t ... More

Keywords: alliances, neoclassical realism, frenemies, US foreign policy, coercion, accommodation, regional power distributions, time horizons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939304
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, author
Tufts University