Interstate Crisis Behavior, 1816-1980

Interstate Crisis Behavior, 1816-1980

by Russell J. Leng


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In this book Russell Leng examines the behavior of nations in forty militarized crises occurring between 1816 and 1980. He employs a mass of empirical data to consider the conditions under which crises escalate to war or are resolved peacefully, and suggests that the most effective bargaining strategy is one that takes into account both the dictates of power politics, and other, less rational, political and psychological factors. The epilogue presents a provocative critical account of the bargaining strategies pursued by the United States and Iraq during the Gulf Crisis of 1990-1991.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521102698
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/12/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations , #28
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

1. Realist and psychological perspectives; 2. Methodology; 3. The crisis structure and war; 4. Patterns of behavior; 5. Structure, behavior and outcomes; 6. Influence tactics; 7. Influence strategies; 8. Reciprocating influence strategies; 9. Summary and conclusion; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; References; Indexes.

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