By Zachary Alan Selden

Although US international coverage used to be mostly unpopular within the early 2000s, many realms, in particular these bordering Russia and China, extended their safeguard cooperation with the United States. In Alignment, Alliance, and American Grand method, Zachary Selden notes that the local energy of those intolerant states advised threatened neighboring states to align with the United States. Gestures of alignment comprise participation in significant joint army routines, involvement in US-led operations, the negotiation of agreements for US army bases, and efforts to hitch a US-led alliance. in contrast, Brazil can also be a emerging local energy, yet because it is a democratic kingdom, its pals haven't sought better alliance with the United States.
 
Amid demands retrenchment or restraint, Selden makes the case coverage serious about retaining American army preeminence and the confirmed willingness to take advantage of strength should be what sustains the cooperation of second-tier states, which in flip support to take care of US hegemony at a doable cost.

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More significantly, much of the security cooperation in which they engaged also involved Brazil. Rather than hedging against Brazil’s regional power, the second-­tier states of Latin America Introduction 21 appear to have integrated their security more closely with both Brazil and the United States. Chapter 3 provides an overview of secondary states surrounding China. As the single-­most-­significant rising power on the global landscape, China clearly deserves particular attention. Formal military balancing against China is not generally on the agenda of secondary states in the region.

Defense currently composes half of all discretionary spending. As the discretionary portion of the pie shrinks given increased mandatory spending, less money will go toward discretionary programs, even if defense spending retains its 50 percent share. The second factor, and the focus of this volume, is the demand for American hegemony by a wide range of second-­tier states. Even when American foreign policy is highly unpopular, second-­tier states still view American hegemony as preferable to the international order that might emerge in its absence.

8 Most militaries in this study would be stretched to maintain 4 percent of their active duty force in a deployment. Assuming that any national military strategy would not want to use more than half of its deployable resources in any one operation, then using half of that total in pursuit of a US-­led mission could be defined as a very significant commitment (2 percent). Half of that (1 percent) would still be significant. 5 percent) would be a moderate commitment, and less than that would be minor.

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