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Unformatted text preview: Commitment and Conflict Strategic Theories of War Israel and the Palestinians The division of the old British mandate between Israel and the Palestinians is central to the Arab-Israeli conflict. • Why are the parties unable to agree on a division of the territory? Commitment and Bargaining • When actors bargain over issues, they are also concerned whether the bargain can be enforced over time. • If an actor thinks that the deal cannot be enforced, it may not accept that deal. • Inability to enforce deals can eliminate a zone of agreement because an actor believes that war is better than the eventual result of an agreement. Incentives for Undermining a Deal • Changes in power – Revival after defeat: Iraq after Gulf War • Changes in preferences – New Regime: the Nazis and Versailles • Changes in situation – Elections and incentives for belligerent behavior Commitment as a Cause of War Commitment problems lead to conflict when: • There are settlements that both would prefer to conflict, but…...
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2008 for the course POLISCI 160 taught by Professor Morrow during the Fall '08 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '08