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Deterrence by diplomacy

Author: Anne E Sartori
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2007.
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Challenges standard understandings of deterrence by analyzing it as a form of talk and reaches conclusions about the effectiveness of diplomacy that are much more optimistic. This book argues that  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne E Sartori
ISBN: 9780691134000 0691134006
OCLC Number: 145388496
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Preface ix Part I: Introduction 1 Chapter 1: Introduction 3 Three Misconceptions About Diplomacy 6 How Can a State Communicate That an Adversary Has Misjudged Its Resolve? 12 Overview of the Book 14 Part II: How Bluffs Can Hurt a State's Diplomacy, and Honesty Provides the Ability to Communicate 17 Chapter 2: The Failure of Chinese Diplomacy, 1950 19 The Chinese Attempt at Deterrence 22 The U.S. Dismissal of China's Threats as Bluffs 26 Would the United States and China Have Fought if China's Threats Had Been Credible? 30 Why Did the United States Dismiss China's Threats As Bluffs? 32 Conclusion 41 Chapter 3 A Reputational Theory of Diplomacy 43 Reputations for Honesty and Reputations for Resolve 44 Audience Costs, Cheap Talk, and Diplomacy 49 The Game-Theoretic Model 52 Effective, Cheap Diplomacy 56 Conclusion 71 Part III: Evidence That Honesty Matters 73 Chapter 4: Reputations for Honesty and the Success of Diplomacy 75 Central Empirical Implications of the Formal Model 77 Determining Empirical Implications of the Theoretical Model 78 Data and Methodology 81 The Escalation of International Disputes:Tests of the Theory 93 Robustness of the Empirical Results 99 Conclusion 109 Chapter 5: The Broader Importance of Reputations for Honesty 111 The Effect of the Defender's Reputation on States' Decisions to Begin Militarized Disputes and to Attempt Deterrence 112 The Role of the Military Balance 114 Conclusion 118 Part IV: Conclusion 121 Chapter 6: Conclusion 123 Part V: Appendixes 129 Appendix A: Characterization of the Equilibrium 131 Factorization 136 Choosing Thresholds So That Each Player-Type Prefers Its Equilibrium Strategy to Other Strategies Played in Equilibrium 139 Checking That No Player Prefers to Deviate to a Strategy No Type Plays in Equilibrium 141 No Player Prefers to Deviate at a Node Other Than the Player's First Node in the Stage Game 145 Appendix B: The Impact of Communication on War and on Welfare 146 Appendix C: Implications of the Theory 149 Appendix D: The E ffects of Power Status, Contiguity, and Democracy 151 Bibliography 153 Index 161
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"[This book] offers a concise, tightly argued analysis, with a clear theoretical position tested via elegant and creative research."--Patrick Morgan, Perspectives on Politics

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