Bluffing Royal Flush Cold Warfare

Bluffing Royal Flush Cold Warfare - during the Cold War by...

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Bluffing and the Royal Flush of Cold Warfare * All throughout history, bluffs, counter bluffs and the ability to read the in- tentions of others has been witnessed in international relations. * In the 19th century, the importance of bluffing in military and foreign affairs became more vital. * “Theory of Games and Economic Behavior” - by Oskar Morgenstern and John von Neumann revolutionized military strategy through the develop- ment of game theory. * Von Neumann believed poker was a perfect representation of many types of International conflicts. * Neuman analyzed how countries trick each other when they have different goals and felt that recognizing deception was vital. * Game theory gave an edge to the US government over the Soviet Union
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Unformatted text preview: during the Cold War by helping them analyze Soviet deceptions. * Morgenstern’s ideas that “THE BEST HAND NEED NOT WIN,” and that winners “rely on their ability to perceive opportunities offered by each chan-ging situation, and on artful deception through bluffing” have been shown to have great influence on international relations. * The primary motivator of Game Theory is self-interest. * The best players in international relations use deception, misrepresenta-tion, and trickery to achieve their goals. * The author of the article believes that North Korea may be employing de-ception or ‘bluffing’ in continuing their nuclear weapons program....
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2010 for the course POLI 244 taught by Professor Saideman during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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