Alan Sabrosky

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Alan Sabrosky, Ph.D, is a retired Marine officer and former Director of Studies at the United States Army War College's Strategic Studies Institute where he held the position of The Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research. He received The Superior Civilian Service Award in 1998. He has taught at The United States Military Academy at West Point; Georgetown University; The University of Pennsylvania; and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. His publications have mainly focused on alliance systems and unionization in the United States military.[1] He also co-authored a book called Prisoners of War?: Nation-States in the Modern Era.[2]


He earned a Masters degree in History and a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He worked at the Foreign Policy Research Institute for most of the 1970s and was appointed director of FPRI in 1981, leaving after one year when the Institute was heavily in debt. He has taught at Catholic University and Georgetown University.[1]

Alliance theory[edit]

Sabrosky's work on alliance theory showed that a conflict escalates when a major power intervenes in a war between a minor state and another major state.[3] Sabrosky has identified three types of conflicts in this analysis: "localized wars" between the original belligerents, "expanded wars" which include several belligerents, and enlarged wars that include a major power on both sides of the conflict.[4]

Unionization of the military[edit]

In the book Blue Collar Soldiers: Unionization and the U.S. Military Sabrosky, who edited the volume, states that "military unions are simply too great a risk for a political democracy" adding that it would be "unwise to expect unions not to act like unions over the long term, and in doing so call into question the basis of our national security".[5]


Sabrosky has been critical of those who serve in the IDF, but not in the U.S. armed forces. Daniel Flesch, a former IDF paratrooper, has called Sabrosky a conspiracy theorist and criticized him for writing that "a large majority of American Jews...espouse a form of political bigamy called dual loyalty".[6]

The Anti-Defamation League named him as a key figure in anti-Semitic 9/11 conspiracy theories.[7][8] Dr. Sabrosky himself has one Jewish grandparent, although he does not identify particularly strongly with this Jewish ancestry, stating "an outside identity, Jewish or other, has never meant much at all to me. I’m an American", distinguishing himself from "an awful lot of American Jews [who] do not think of themselves as Americans who happen to be Jewish, but as Jews who happen to be living in America"[9]


  1. ^ a b Wiarda, Howard J. (2010-05-10). Think Tanks and Foreign Policy: The Foreign Policy Research Institute and Presidential Politics. Lexington Books. ISBN 978-0-7391-4164-9.
  2. ^ Siverson, Randolph M.; Starr, Harvey (1991). The Diffusion of War: A Study of Opportunity and Willingness. University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-10247-1.
  3. ^ Chan, Steve (2013-08-22). Enduring Rivalries in the Asia-Pacific. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-04143-1.
  4. ^ Vasquez, John A. (1993). The War Puzzle. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-36674-8.
  5. ^ McCollum, James K. (1978). "Blue Collar Soldiers/Military Unions (Book)". Monthly Labor Review. 101 (9): 66. ISSN 0098-1818. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  6. ^ Flesch, Daniel (2015). "Slandering Americans Who Fight for Israel". Commentary. 139 (2): 35. ISSN 0010-2601. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  7. ^ "Decade of Deceit: Anti-Semitic 9/11 Conspiracy Theories 10 Years Later" (PDF).
  8. ^ "ADL: Anti-Semitic 9/11 theories still strong 10 years on". The Jerusalem Post | Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  9. ^ "Sabrosky: I express my Jewish identity in cuisine, not foreign policy". Mondoweiss. 1999-11-30. Retrieved 2019-07-05.