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Article: Gas on the Fire: Great Power Alliances and Petrostate Aggression

TitleGas on the Fire: Great Power Alliances and Petrostate Aggression
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherBlackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1528-3577
Citation
International Studies Perspectives, 2016 How to Cite?
AbstractWhat causes petro-aggression? Conventional wisdom maintains that the regime type of petrostates has significant effects on the likelihood that petrostates will launch revisionist militarized interstate disputes (MIDs). While domestic politics is an important factor that might explain the motivation and behavioral patterns of a petrostate, it says little about the international environment in which a petrostate decides to initiate conflicts. One signifi- cant factor that presents opportunities and constraints for petro-aggression is a great power alliance. In essence, the great power has strong incentives not to upset the relationship with its client petrostate ally for both strategic and economic reasons and, hence, tends not to oppose military adventurism by its ally. Consequently, the petrostate’s anticipation of great power inaction or even protection for its revisionist policy creates a moral hazard problem. Overall, by offering favorable circumstances, a great power alliance has a positive effect on petro-aggression. Although not without caveats, our large-n model and case study bear out this conclusion.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229405
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.914
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.998

 

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dc.contributor.authorKim, I-
dc.contributor.authorWoods, J-
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-23T14:10:57Z-
dc.date.available2016-08-23T14:10:57Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Studies Perspectives, 2016-
dc.identifier.issn1528-3577-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/229405-
dc.description.abstractWhat causes petro-aggression? Conventional wisdom maintains that the regime type of petrostates has significant effects on the likelihood that petrostates will launch revisionist militarized interstate disputes (MIDs). While domestic politics is an important factor that might explain the motivation and behavioral patterns of a petrostate, it says little about the international environment in which a petrostate decides to initiate conflicts. One signifi- cant factor that presents opportunities and constraints for petro-aggression is a great power alliance. In essence, the great power has strong incentives not to upset the relationship with its client petrostate ally for both strategic and economic reasons and, hence, tends not to oppose military adventurism by its ally. Consequently, the petrostate’s anticipation of great power inaction or even protection for its revisionist policy creates a moral hazard problem. Overall, by offering favorable circumstances, a great power alliance has a positive effect on petro-aggression. Although not without caveats, our large-n model and case study bear out this conclusion.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1528-3577-
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Studies Perspectives-
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleGas on the Fire: Great Power Alliances and Petrostate Aggression-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailKim, I: ikim@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1093/isp/ekv004-
dc.identifier.hkuros260070-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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