What is the role of allied foreign policy in relation to U.S. foreign policy? Allied nations can (and do) try to influence the making and changing of U.S. decisions. But can they soundly reject U.S. leadership outright?

For some time, U.S. policymakers have taken the position that on major questions of war and peace, duly discussed, the allied nations' only sense-making course is bound into the course set by the U.S. Some leaders in allied lands have received this position with bad grace, preferring to imply that their security does not necessarily depend...

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