Coercive Diplomacy

Coercive Diplomacy - International Politics p. 163-177...

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International Politics p. 163-177 Coercive Diplomacy by Robert J. Art Coercive diplomacy is forceful persuasion to get a target to change its objectionable behavior by either peaceful or the use of limited force. Coercive diplomacy may include the transfer of resources to a target or the offer of things that are of tangible benefit to the target. It is an alternative to war. Next to outright war, it is the most dangerous way to use a state military power because the state can either back down or engage in war. The fist comes at the loss of future bargaining power, the second loss of resources and military defeat. *Coercive diplomacy must involve the threat of limited use of force, even though it may include other type of actions. Because it entails coercion, coercive diplomacy is a type of compellence (term coined by Thomas Schelling). 164 Deterrence and compellence usually become conflated when disputing parties contest the legitimacy of the status quo. Deterrent threats can transform into compellent actions when deterrence has failed. Thus, execution of the deterrent threat becomes a compellent action. Also, when deterrence is seen as weakening, the deterrer may bolster its position
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2008 for the course INTERNATIO 0061 taught by Professor Talieferro during the Spring '08 term at Tufts.

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