Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century [NOOK Book]

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Escalation is a natural tendency in any form of human competition, and today's security environment demands that the United States be prepared for a host of escalatory threats. This analysis of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on a range of historical examples from World War I to the struggle against global Jihad to inform escalation-related decisionmaking.
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Dangerous Thresholds: Managing Escalation in the 21st Century

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Overview


Escalation is a natural tendency in any form of human competition, and today's security environment demands that the United States be prepared for a host of escalatory threats. This analysis of escalation dynamics and approaches to escalation management draws on a range of historical examples from World War I to the struggle against global Jihad to inform escalation-related decisionmaking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780833046369
  • Publisher: RAND Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/4/2008
  • Series: Rand Publication Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 274
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Kevin Pollpeter (MA, International Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies) is a research assistant at RAND whose research interests include Asian and Chinese security issues and nonproliferation issues.

Roger Cliff (Ph.D., International Relations, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University) is an Associate Political Scientist, RAND, Washington DC. Areas of research include U.S. policy toward China, Chinese arms transfers, technological progress in China, and Chinese military technology.

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Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 Introduction 1

Ch. 2 The Nature of Escalation 7

Ch. 3 China's Thinking on Escalation: Evidence from Chinese Military Writings 47

Ch. 4 Regional Nuclear Powers 83

Ch. 5 Escalation in Irregular Warfare 117

Ch. 6 Managing Escalation in a Complex World 159

App. A China, Force, and Escalation: Continuities Between Historical Behavior and Contemporary Writings 177

App. B Case Studies of Escalation in Stability Operations 197

App. C Modified Method for Delphi Analyses 221

Bibliography 225

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