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Fighting for credibility : US reputation and international politics

Author: Frank P Harvey; John Mitton
Publisher: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2017] ©2017
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"When Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people in Syria, he clearly crossed President Barack Obama's "red line." At the time, many argued that the president had to bomb in order to protect America's reputation for toughness, and therefore its credibility, abroad; others countered that concerns regarding reputation were overblown, and that reputations are irrelevant for coercive diplomacy. Whether  Read more...

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Harvey, Frank P. (Frank Paul), 1962-
Fighting for credibility.
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2017]
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank P Harvey; John Mitton
ISBN: 9781487511753 1487511752
OCLC Number: 970693937
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction ; Chemical Weapons in Syria, 2012-13 ; Credibility and International Politics: The Case for Reputations; Credibility and International Politics: The Case against Reputations; Coercive Outcome in Syria ; Syria as a Deterrence/Compellence "Success"? ; Postscript ; Outline and Objectives. 1 Reputations Research and Premature Closure of Inquiry The Press-Mercer-Hopf Consensus ; 1.1 Hopf (1994) "Peripheral Visions" ; 1.2 Press (2005) "Calculating Credibility" ; 1.3 Mercer (1996) "Reputation and International Politics" ; Premature Closure of Inquiry: An Illustration. 1.4 Application of P-M-H Consensus Excludes Important Research on International ReputationsThe Missing Scholarship ; Conclusion ; 2 Reputations Matter: Rational Deterrence Theory and Credibility Reconsidered; 2.1 Four Core Prerequisites of Credible Coercive Threats ; RDT and Necessity and Sufficiency; Reassessing Fearon ; 2.2 Reputations and Imperfect Information. 2.3 Similarity and Transferability of Reputations and Credibility2.4 Reputations and Miscalculations ; 2.5 General versus Specific Reputations; 2.6 Reputations, Credibility, and Transferability Are in the Eyes of the Beholder; Conclusion ; 3 US Reputation Building in Deterrence Encounters, 1991-2003 ; Case 1 --
Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992-5) ; Case 2 --
Kosovo (1998-9). Case 3 --
Iraq (1991-2003) Conclusion ; 4 The Strategic Logic of US Coercion: Explaining Deterrence Failures and Successes in Syria, 2011-13; 4.1 Defining Success in Syria; 4.2 Syria: RDT versus P-M-H ; US Reputations and Past Actions ; Escalation and Mission Creep ; 4.3 Protracted Crises, Probes, and Tipping Points ; Assad's Miscalculations. 4.4 Credibility Paradox --
Punishments and Promises.
Responsibility: Frank P. Harvey and John Mitton.
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Focusing on cases of asymmetric US encounters with smaller powers since the end of the Cold War, Harvey and Mitton reveal that reputations matter for credibility in international politics. This  Read more...


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'This detailed, technical study will be of special interest chiefly to the scholars of international relations and foreign policy.' -- M. Amstutz Choice Magazine vol 54:10:2017

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