Decreasing Allied Support for Anti-Soviet Strategic Embargoes a Demonstration of the Declining Hegemony of the United States

Date of Award

Fall 11-1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science & Geography


Graduate Program in International studies

Committee Director

Mary Ann Tetreault

Committee Member

Philip S. Gillette

Committee Member

Lorraine M. Lees

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.I45J63


This thesis evaluates the declining hegemony of the United States over its allies since the end of World War II. Robert Gilpin and Robert Keohane's theories about the decline in U.S. hegemony are discussed as are the hegemonic theories of Gramsci as interpreted by Robert Cox. The three progressively hostile reactions of U.S. allies to U.S.-initiated embargoes against the Eastern Bloc are used to illustrate the decreasing control of the United States over the economic and strategic policies of its allies. The conclusion states' that Ronald Reagan ignored historical trends and contemporary international politics when he decided to force U.S. allies to comply with his embargo against the Soviet Union's natural gas pipeline.


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