Shields of the Republic: The Triumph and Peril of America's Alliances


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Harvard University Press
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Mira Rapp-Hooper is Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Senior Fellow at the China Center at Yale Law School.


Shields of the Republic is a must-read--an invaluable resource for exploring timely and thorny questions about the role of alliances in American foreign policy.--Elizabeth N. Saunders, author of Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions
Rapp-Hooper musters rock-solid evidence to demonstrate what policymakers have long believed: that America's alliances are a remarkably effective foreign policy tool. Just as importantly, she gives an unambiguous account of why this system must be preserved and lays out a compelling plan for how to do so.--Stephen Hadley, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former National Security Advisor
For seventy years, alliances have been central to American foreign policy. Where did they come from and where are they going? Mira Rapp-Hooper gives smart answers to both the historical and future questions about our alliances.--Joseph S. Nye, Jr., author of Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump
Shields of the Republic will stand as the definitive study of US alliances, filling a scholarly gap at a time when America cannot afford to go it alone in an increasingly dangerous world.--Michael J. Green, former Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council
The precarity of America's alliances is one of the central political issues confronting the United States today. Mira Rapp-Hooper has delivered the essential guide for understanding these complex partnerships. This is a masterful exposition of how alliances can both extend and restrain American power in these transformative times.--Kurt Campbell, cofounder and CEO of The Asia Group and former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs
Rapp-Hooper argues persuasively that the complex alliance system instituted after the devastation of World War II has proven remarkably successful...With Donald Trump's active animosity toward our traditional allies, the author cautions about a glaring blind spot: rising nonmilitary coercion from China and Russia.--Kirkus Reviews (04/15/2020)