Deterrence Theory, Then and Now: There is No Going Back
Perfect Deterrence Theory is a general theory of interstate conflict that is applicable to a wide variety of real-world circumstances, including acute crises and both conventional and nuclear deterrence relationships. The theory is comprised of a set of closely related game-theoretic models that are explored under conditions of complete and incomplete information. Like any theory, Perfect Deterrence Theory's major propositions and policy recommendations are contingent on its defined terms and concepts. The failure to take note of these definitions when evaluating the theory not only does a disservice to the theory, but it also undermines the academic enterprise itself.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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