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Military Threats: The Costs of Coercion and the Price of Peace

Military Threats: The Costs of Coercion and the Price of Peace

by Branislav L. Slantchev


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Military Threats: The Costs of Coercion and the Price of Peace

Is military power central in determining which states get their voice heard? Must states run a high risk of war to communicate credible intent? Slantchev shows that states can often obtain concessions without incurring higher risks when they use military threats. Unlike diplomatic forms of communication, physical military moves improve a state's expected performance in war. If the opponent believes the threat, it will be more likely to back down. Military moves are also inherently costly, so only resolved states are willing to pay these costs. Slantchev argues that powerful states can secure better peaceful outcomes and lower the risk of war, but the likelihood of war depends on the extent to which a state is prepared to use military threats to deter challenges to peace and compel concessions without fighting. The price of peace may therefore be large: states invest in military forces that are both costly and unused.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521763189
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2011
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Branislav L. Slantchev is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. He specialises in the use of game theory to study international conflict, negotiations, and the political economy of war finance.

Table of Contents

Part I. Coercion and Credibility:
1. Introduction;
2. Commitment and signalling in coercive bargaining;
Part II. A Theory of Military Threats:
3. A model of military threats;
4. Comparing the instruments of coercion;
Part III. Elements of Militarized Deterrence:
5. Militarization and the distribution of power and interests;
6. The expansion of the Korean War, 1950;
7. The price of peace and military threat effectiveness;
Part IV. Conclusions:
8. Implications; Appendix A. Formalities for Chapter 2; Appendix B. Formalities for Chapter 3; Appendix C. Formalities for Chapter 4; Appendix D. Formalities for Chapter 5.

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