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Shiping Tang, associate research fellow and deputy director of the Center for Regional Security Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, JanuaryMarch 2005, “Reputation, Cult of Reputation, and International Conflict,” Security Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, p. 3462
Second, the cult adds still another ingredient for escalation: it exacerbates hostilities between two adversaries in a conflict and makes them less willing to compromise, thus prolonging the rivalry. Indeed, the fear of losing reputation has been a major factor behind states' reluctance to end conflicts.50 Israel's unwillingness to stop its bleeding in southern Lebanon sooner, like the earlier US. reluctance to cut its losses in Vietnam, was in large part due to its fear of losing "the deterrent image," prestige, reputation, and credibility.51 The same holds true for the Soviet Union's reluctance to pull out of Afghanistan's mountains and Vietnam's reluctance to get out of Cambodia's jungle.52 ¶ Furthermore, prolonging a crisis or rivalry can cause a state to believe that it has...
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