Military Threats: The Costs of Coercion and the Price of by Professor Branislav L. Slantchev

By Professor Branislav L. Slantchev

Is army strength critical in identifying which states get their voice heard? needs to states run a excessive chance of conflict to speak credible rationale? Slantchev indicates that states can frequently receive concessions with no incurring larger hazards after they use army threats. not like diplomatic kinds of verbal exchange, actual army strikes increase a state's anticipated functionality in conflict. If the opponent believes the danger, it will likely be likely to backpedal. army strikes also are inherently high priced, so basically resolved states are prepared to pay those expenses. Slantchev argues that strong states can safe higher peaceable results and decrease the chance of conflict, however the probability of battle relies on the level to which a country is ready to take advantage of army threats to discourage demanding situations to peace and compel concessions with out scuffling with. the cost of peace could accordingly be huge: states put money into army forces which are either high priced and unused.

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Before we can consider the implications of this simple observation, however, we must look briefly at the mechanisms underlying the three ideal-type solutions to the credibility problem. 1 Costly Signaling The discussion so far suggests an obvious approach to solving the credibility problem “caused” by uncertainty: the committed actor should look for a way to reveal his resolve. This focuses the attention on credible communication; that is, making the opponent believe one’s statements when he does not know the resolve of the actor making them.

With incomplete information, S1 does not know if S2 ’s commitment is credible, and he risks escalation if he is resolved. This may end in war if the challenger happens to be resolved as well. Hence, compellence can fail even if both sides possess credible commitments. The problem is the inability to communicate them in a believable way without running a risk of triggering war. However, because of the high risk involved, only genuine defenders would escalate, and so only resolved challengers would resist an escalation.

1, this condition never holds. Therefore, S1 will never threaten and the status quo will be peacefully revised in S2 ’s favor. Second, suppose that (CR1 ) is satisfied but (CR2 ) is not. If S1 threatens, S2 will capitulate because she knows that resistance will lead to war, which would be worse. S1 will threaten if, and only if, retaining the good peacefully is preferable to losing it, v1 > 0, which is always true. In this case, the defender has a credible threat but the challenger does not, and so compellence succeeds.

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