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Statements of Resolve

Achieving Coercive Credibility in International Conflict

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Statements of resolve - in which leaders indicate that their country is committed to a position and will not back down - are a fixture of international conflict. However, scholars have not agreed on how much these statements affect conflict outcomes or which conditions give them coercive credibility. Statements of Resolve argues that an important and underappreciated factor influencing the impact of resolved statements is the ability to follow through. Roseanne W. McManus explains how adversaries analyze a leader's ability to follow through on statements and shows that perceptions of the ability to follow through are influenced not only by military capabilities but also by less obvious domestic political conditions. Through rigorous statistical tests based on quantitative coding of US presidential statements and case studies of three Cold War conflicts, this book shows that resolved statements can effectively coerce adversaries, but only when a sufficient physical and political ability is present.

Product code: 9781316621387

ISBN 9781316621387
No. of pages 252
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions H230xW152xS15
This book will be valuable to those with an interest in international security, conflict bargaining, and US foreign policy. It identifies important conditions that influence whether resolved statements issued by leaders in international disputes are effective at coercing adversaries. It also utilizes statistical analysis and case studies of US foreign policy.