poli sci notes 10.3.2007

poli sci notes 10.3.2007 - 10.3.2007 Puzzles from last week...

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10.3.2007 - Puzzles from last week o Why was the Cold War so weird? Why did the US and the USSR build up so many nuclear weapons? Was the Vietnam War Thomas Schelling’s fault? o How did/do leaders make nuclear threats? Why did Dulles get an airport, rather athan an insane asylum, named him? Why does anyone take North Korea seriously? - Committing o Signaling: demonstrate willingness to bear costs to our adversary o Designing mechanisms: make a threat credible Launch on warning Pre-determined procedure to launch a second-strike at the first sighting of a Soviet attack Automatic response Battlefield control of nuclear weapons Computer control of weapons? Placing hostages West Berlin Korean DMZ… o About 30,000 U.S. troops (down from 38,000) o About 1.2 million North Korean troops Domestic “audience costs” Leaders engage their national honor in an international crisis, and are punished at home if they back down o Examples: Nookta Sound, 1789
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