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Unformatted text preview: t, because a state's security ultimately depends on selfhelp, the worstcase mentality means that a state has to assume its adversaries to be resolute and its allies to be irresolute. Essentially, this worstcase assumption sets a baseline image for both adversaries and allies, and reputation becomes impossible to develop under anarchy. A state cannot lose nor gain reputation among its adversaries by either backing down or standing firm in a conflict , because its adversaries will always assume the state to be resolute (the baseline image) in the next conflict. By the same token, a state cannot lose nor gain reputation among its allies by ei ther backing down or standing firm in a conflict, for its allies will always assume the state to be irresolute in the next conflict. A state is assigned its baseline image by its adversaries and allies at the beginning of a crisis, and no past behavior can change that image ex ante.66 No impact to cred Fettweis ‘8 (Christopher Fettweis, assistant professor of political science at Tulane University, “Credibility and the War on Terror”, Political Science Quarterly, Winter 2007/2008,)
The evidence seems to fall heavily on one side of the divide between scholars and practitioners over the importance...
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