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Graceful Decline? The Surprising Success of Great Power Retrenchment – Paul MacDonald and Joseph Parent

Graceful Decline? The Surprising Success of Great Power Retrenchment – Paul MacDonald and Joseph Parent

MacDonald and Parent argue that decreased military spending and less ambitious foreign policy is the best course of action for a major power in decline. By following a policy of retrenchment, a state can mitigate the effects of its decline and, in some cases, even regain its former status. Retrenchment is defined as a policy […]

International Security – Winter 2010/2011

International Security – Winter 2010/2011

Two Cheers for Bargaining Theory: Assessing Rationalist Explanations of the Iraq War – David A. Lake Bargaining Theory can help us to better understand why states go to war by looking at the range of rational agreements that can be made in order to avoid war. Since war is always more costly than the range […]

International Security - Spring 2010

International Security – Spring 2010

Ending Civil War: A Case for Rebel Victory? – Monica Duffy Toft Contrary to advocates of both negotiated settlements and “give war a chance”, Toft reveals that a combination of carrots and sticks may be the best way to end civil wars and prevent them from reoccurring. Statistically, civil wars that end in negotiated settlements are […]

Foreign Affairs - March/April 2010

Foreign Affairs – March/April 2010

From the Sun King to Karzai – Seri Berman The primary challenge for Afghanistan is currently the establishment of a national government that has a monopoly over violence. In comparison to the French monarchs Louis XIII and Louis XIV, Afghanistan must consolidate central authority by eliciting the cooperation of local elites through coercion and carefully designed material benefits. Only by bringing warlords, tribal chiefs, and the […]