Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes by Sara McLaughlin Mitchell

By Sara McLaughlin Mitchell

Devoted to the empirical research of knowledge from the area of diplomacy, SSIP students are inclined to specialise in interstate conflicts, civil wars, and clash administration. the variety of views during this edited quantity supply a complete creation to SSIP concept and methodology.

  • Fresh procedure lines highbrow improvement of study methods instead of in basic terms summarizing effects
  • Features unique SSIP fabric now not present in different books
  • Includes a couple of essays with a broader evaluation of SSIP equipment - excellent for more youthful students attracted to the strategy
  • Includes fresh SSIP analyses exploring concerns comparable to civil wars

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Counterterrorism: A Game-Theoretic Analysis. Journal of Conflict Resolution 49, 183–200. indd 18 7/4/2012 10:32:45 AM the origins and evolution of ssip 19 Azar, E. 1980. The Conflict and Peace Data Bank (COPDAB) Project. Journal of Conflict Resolution 24, 143–52. , and Stam, A. 2000. EUGene: A Conceptual Manual. International Interactions 26, 179–204. Bercovitch, J. 1997. International Conflict Management Database. Christchurch, New Zealand. Data and Coding Manual. , and Vogele, W. 1994. Data Development and Interaction Events Analysis Using KEDS/PANDA: An Interim Report.

The First Wave: Zero-Sum Game Theory Almost all of the early applications of game theory in international relations drew upon the theory of zero-sum games (see, inter alia, McDonald and Tukey 1949; McDonald 1950; Williams 1954; Kaplan 1957; Morgenstern 1959; 1961a). Since zerosum games were the object of von Neumann and Morgenstern’s attention, this should not be surprising. But the first generation of applications was also developed during the most intense period of the Cold War. Hence, they also reflected, perhaps unwittingly, the heated political climate in the United States.

To reconcile rationality with deterrence more satisfactorily, Zagare and Kilgour (2000) developed perfect deterrence theory. Their general theory, which takes part of its name from Selten’s equilibrium criterion, explores deterrence relationships in the context of a number of interrelated incomplete information game models. It is important to point out that perfect deterrence theory’s axiomatic base differs from the standard formulation’s. Previous models of deterrence, including Schelling’s (1960), Powell’s (1990), and Nalebuff’s (1991) start with fixed preference assumptions that mirror the preferences of the players in Chicken.

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