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The Dynamics of Coercion

The Dynamics of Coercion
American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might

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Part of RAND Studies in Policy Analysis

  • Date Published: February 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521007801

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  • This book examines how the United States uses limited military force and other means to influence adversaries and potential adversaries. It reviews when limited force can and cannot work and examines a range of current challenges, including those of guerrilla groups or minor powers armed with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. It also looks at the complications arising from domestic politics and the difficulties of using force in an alliance.

    • Most up-to-date survey of coercion in international relations; focus on US
    • Examines problem from adversary's point of view as well as US
    • Covers range of challenges, including guerrilla warfare, nuclear/chemical/biological warfare, smaller state aggression (e.g. Iraq)
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    "This timely RAND Corporation study focuses on threats of military action and on the coercive functions of military operations in war. . . . All in all, The Dynamics of Coercion should be must-reading for all practitioners and scholars of the art, especially those who, encouraged by the administration's optimism for controllable war, are unworried by the new enthusiasm for coercive diplomacy." Political Science Quarterly

    "This important work offers a fresh look at the potential strengths and weaknesses of coercion in American foreign policy in the 21st century. Highly recommended." Choice

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    • Date Published: February 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521007801
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Coercive Strategy Making:
    2. The theory of coercion
    3. Coercive Mechanisms
    4. Coercive instruments
    Part II. The Context of Coercion Today:
    5. Domestic politics and coercion
    6. Coercion and coalitions
    7. Humanitarian coercion and non-state actors
    8. Weapons of mass destruction and US coercion
    Part III. The Future of US Coercion.

  • Authors

    Daniel Byman, RAND

    Matthew Waxman, RAND

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