Diplomacy of Violence

Diplomacy of Violence - International Politics p. 149-162...

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International Politics p. 149-162 The Diplomacy of Violence by Thomas C. Schelling Diplomacy is bargaining. There must be a common interest. With enough military force, a country may not need to bargain. Military force can be used to hurt, in other words, it can destroy value. 150 Contrast of Brute Force with Coercion The purely military recourse is interested with enemy strength, not enemy interests. With strength, they can dispute interests; with sheer violence they can destroy them. It is the threat of damage/hurting that makes someone yield. It is latent violence that can influence someone’s choice. It is not the pain and damage itself that matters, but rather its response. Therefore, a state needs to know what the other state holds in high esteem. Coercion by threat of damage also requires that our interests and our opponent’s interests not be entirely different. Coercion requires finding a bargain. 151
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