Strategic Coercion: Concepts and Cases

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

EditorLawrence Freedman

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For three decades the analysis of strategic coercion has been dominated by two landmark books: Tom Schelling's Arms and Influence and Alex George's Strategic Diplomacy, both of which addressed the requirements of American foreign policy during the cold war. This book argues for a reappraisalof the role of strategic coercion - defined as the deliberate and purposive use of overt threats to influence another's strategic choices. It emphasizes the importance of drawing on the experiences of countries other than the United States, and of considering the new circumstances of the post coldwar world. An international team of scholars, led by Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College, London, provides critical commentaries on the work of Schelling and George and a series of fascinating case studies. These cover most regions of the world, a variety of different actors -including terrorist groups - and different forms of coercion - including the use of economic sanctions.

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For three decades the analysis of strategic coercion has been dominated by two landmark books: Tom Schelling's Arms and Influence and Alex George's Strategic Diplomacy, both of which addressed the requirements of American foreign policy during the cold war. This book argues for a reappraisalof the role of strategic coercion - defined...

Lawrence Freedman is at King's College, London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:412 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198293496

ISBN - 13:9780198293491

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Lawrence Freedman: Introduction1. Lawrence Freedman: Strategic Coercion2. Gary Schaub, Jr.: Compellence: Resuscitating the Concept3. Peter Viggo Jakobsen: The Strategy of Coercive Diplomacy: Refining Existing Theory to Post-Cold War Realities4. Korina Kagan: The Failure of the Great Powers to Coerce Small States in the Balkans, 1875-7 and 1914: Situational Versus Tactical Explanations5. Yuen Foong Khong: Strategic Coercion in East Asia: The Cases of Cambodia and North Korea6. Joseph Lepgold: Hypotheses on Vulnerability: Are Terrorists and Drug Traffickers Coerceable?7. Monica Hirst: Strategic Coercion, Democracy, and Free Markets in Latin America8. Elaine Holoboff: Bad Boy or Good Business? Russia's Use of Oil as a Mechanism of Coercive Diplomacy9. Yezid Sayigh: A Non-State Actor as Coercer and Coerced: The PLO in Lebanon, 1969-197610. Syed Ali: South Asia: The Perils of Covert Coercion11. James Gow: Coercive Cadences12. Clement Adibe: Strategic Coercion in Post-Cold War Africa

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`significant work ... This is a most useful and stimulating work and should be read both by analysts and practitioners of strategic coercion. It provides real insights into the potential and difficulties of the art, and from the events of this year needs a wider audience.'Dr Eric Grove, RUSI Journal December 1999