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49 In fact, existing neoclassical realist scholarship includes such frameworks. 50 Is the Argument Constructivist? The Roots of Alliance Value and Prestige One might argue that elements of this argument are rooted in a state’s identity—stable, role-specific understandings of self and other—and, as such, that alliance value, interest, and public opinion fail to access the heart of the causal story. First, one could argue that alliance value derives from Neoclassical Realist Explanation ● 25 how a state sees itself relative to the United States.

And then asked specific questions about the posited neoclassical realist and constructivist factors. The interviews provide the basis for alternative assessments of other sources and provide insight into the relative impact of the different causal factors. 2 in Chapter 7). For example, through process-tracing analysis I seek to assess how important alliance value was in the Blair government’s decision to provide military support for the 2003 Iraq War. I classify the causal effects of each factor as follows: Opposite Neoclassical Realist Explanation ● 29 direction (OD) factors predict an outcome different from the one that occurred.

Upon accomplishing its task, the MNF withdrew and dissolved itself. Shortly thereafter, Christian Falangist (and pro-Israel) President Bashir Gemayel was assassinated. From September 16 to 18, Israeli forces stood by as Falange militias massacred Palestinian civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. In the wake of the massacre the United States, France, and Italy agreed to Lebanese government requests to create MNF II. 81 On December 20, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Francis Pym, told the House of Commons that Britain would contribute eighty troops to MNF II.

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