Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Albert L. Park
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© 2013 Rachel Cone
Analyzing the current state of the United States' alliances with both Japan and South Korea underscores the failure of the traditional alliance theory concepts, realism, liberalism, and constructivism, to adequately describe their continuation. Introducing a concept termed the stability theory to alliance theory explains the current trajectories of the US-Japan and US-South Korea alliances. Stability theory is an extension of the conception of the three aforementioned theories and hedging, and is based in part upon the inherent inertia resisting change, in a long-standing alliance. In setting the stage for the introduction of stability theory, the past, present, and future of the alliances come into play, illustrating how this new theory picks up where others fall off.
Cone, Rachel, "Introducing the Stability Theory in Alliance Politics: The US, Japan, and South Korea" (2013). CMC Senior Theses. 705.