Offence vs. Defence

What is the causal mechanism of war not sure about

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Unformatted text preview: short High incentive for arms races Since war is frequent, states will be quick to see each other as aggressive Trench warfare defense dominant (long bloody war of attrition) Blitzkrieg “lightning war” offense dominant Jervis’s take away: As advantage of the offense increases, the severity of the security dilemma increases Arms races become more likely, more intense & as consequence war becomes more likely Polarity does not chance much over time Van Evera Does not think that war can become obsolete, but can become less frequent What is his thesis? What is the causal mechanism of war (not sure about complete def.) When there is a perception that dominance is offense war is...
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