Perfect Deterrence / Edition 1

Perfect Deterrence / Edition 1

by Frank C. Zagare, D. Marc Kilgour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521787130

ISBN-13: 9780521787130

Pub. Date: 10/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides the first general analysis of deterrence since the end of the Cold War, offering a new approach to its assumptions, and analyzing them using non-cooperative game theory. Drawing on numerous historical examples, the authors focus on the relationship among capability, preferences, credibility, and outcomes to achieve a new understanding of threats

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This book provides the first general analysis of deterrence since the end of the Cold War, offering a new approach to its assumptions, and analyzing them using non-cooperative game theory. Drawing on numerous historical examples, the authors focus on the relationship among capability, preferences, credibility, and outcomes to achieve a new understanding of threats and responses. The book's distinctive approach yields some surprising conclusions, indicating that credible threats to respond to attack can sometimes make an attack more likely, and that incredible response threats can sometimes promote peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521787130
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #72
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Theoretical Underpinnings: 1. Classical deterrence theory; 2. Rationality and deterrence; 3. Credibility: the magic ingredient of deterrence; Part II. Direct Deterrence: 4. Uncertainty and mutual deterrence; 5. Unilateral deterrence; Part III. Extended Deterrence: 6. Extended deterrence; 7. Modeling massive retaliation; 8. Modeling flexible response; 9. Crisis, escalation, and limited war; Part IV. Implications: 10. Perfect deterrence theory.

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