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Class 3 - Strategy, Game Theory, and the Security Dilemma...

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Strategy, Game Theory, and the Security Dilemma The Anarchic World States live in a world characterized by anarchy, uncertainty, offense States seek security (survival) may not want war States try to maximize relative power hegemon - Problem: only one state can be a hegemon Why are we not all dead? (Jervis pg170) John M says: “the structure of the international system forces states which seek only to be secure to act aggressively towards each other” wars are inevitable Yet we’re still alive cooperate on a lot of issues wars are uncommon How and when do wars happen? War as Strategy Wars don’t’ just happen mechanically or randomly states calculate the costs and benefits of their actions What do they gain from war? States base their decisions on the decisions of other states Example: railway at Seistan British officer writes of possibilities of B or R railway building on the Persia-Afghanistan border 1.
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