Deterrence Theory

Deterrence research program realist school of thought

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Unformatted text preview: ell when deterrence fails (you have to follow through on your threat!) Paradoxes of Deterrence Mutual Hurt – in threatening to hurt someone if the misbehave, it doesn’t matter how much it hurts you as well, just as long as you make the other actor believe your threat. Rationality – critically important, we assume that both parties are making rational calculations about ends and means. Does not always help to be perceived as entirely rational, fully level- headed. You are maybe just crazy enough to detonate a nuclear weapon, encourages fuzziness. “The threat that leaves something to chance” Nakita Krushev – knew how to exhibit national impulsiveness Banged his shoe on podium at UN General Assembly IR i...
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