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Cheap threats : why the United States struggles to coerce weak states

Author: Dianne Pfundstein Chamberlain
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The United States has a huge advantage in military power over other states, yet it is frequently unable to coerce weak adversary states with threats alone. Instead, over the past two decades, the leaders of Iraq, Haiti, Serbia, Afghanistan, and Libya have dismissed US threats and invited military clashes. Why have weak states risked and ultimately suffered catastrophic defeat when giving in to US demands earlier  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dianne Pfundstein Chamberlain
ISBN: 9781626162822 1626162824 9781626162815 1626162816
OCLC Number: 919452104
Description: xii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : too cheap to compel --
The logic of costly compellence --
U.S. compellent threats 1945-2007 --
The 1962 Cuban missile crisis --
The 2011 Libya crisis --
The 1991 threat against Iraq --
The 2003 threat against Iraq --
Conclusion : the implications of costly compellence for theory and policy --
Appendix. Description of how the dataset was constructed.
Responsibility: Dianne Pfundstein Chamberlain.

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Why do weak states frequently resist threats of force from the United States? In this book, the author argues that the United States' model of inexpensive war making allows it to casually threaten  Read more...

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In this fascinating and carefully argued study, Pfundestein Chamberlain puts forward a "costly compellence theory." * Foreign Affairs *

 
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