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Unformatted text preview: ies 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
This article goes further than Mercer and argues that reputation cannot form in conflicts because of the anarchical nature of international politics. Because of its simplicity, parsimony, explanatory power, and better fit with empirical findings, this explanation is superior to Mercer's. Anarchy remains the defining feature of international politics, so states operate within an environment of uncertainty . Anarchy produces "a strong sense of peril and doom"62 and "a conservative tendency to think of the future in the worst possible or worst plausible cause terms ."63 States have to consistently assume the worst possible scenario, especially when they are engaged in conflicts.64 This "worstcase mentality" has major implications for reputation under anarchy on at least two fronts.65¶ Foremos...
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