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Fourth, the active balancer most often will take action to redress a problem in the balance of power before a serious threat arises. ’’≤∂ This is in sharp contrast to collective security action, which requires that a threat become manifest before efforts are made to address it through collective action. 24 The Absence of Grand Strategy Fifth, most balancing theories, including active balancing and offshore balancing, are state-centric. They assume that states are unconcerned with the ideology of other states.

24 The Absence of Grand Strategy Fifth, most balancing theories, including active balancing and offshore balancing, are state-centric. They assume that states are unconcerned with the ideology of other states. ≤∑ Moreover, balancing theory does not assume that individuals will play a major role in shaping strategic outcomes across an array of cases. It does not consider the subnational level. Even if a state balances at the international level, balancing theory would expect that it would do so not for individual-level reasons but rather in response to the strategic context.

As the episodes will show, the United States was aware not only of regional shifts in power but also of shifts in threat that were often quite clear. Even in cases in which the balance of power did not change much, we can still test for balancing behavior. S. policies did change toward a nonbalancing approach. Thus, as we shall see, Washington shifted from balancing against Iran in 1982–85 to engaging and even strengthening Iran in the Iran-Contra affair, even though the balance of power in the region did not change much.

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