The Power of Deterrence -

The Power of Deterrence

Emotions, Identity, and American and Israeli Wars of Resolve

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Why do states persist in using force to enhance their deterrent posture, even though it is not clear that it is effective? This book develops an innovative framework to answer this question, viewing deterrence as an idea. This allows the author to explain how countries institutionalize deterrence strategy, and how this internalization affects policy. He argues that the US and Israel have both internalized deterrence ideas and become attached to these practices. For them, deterrence is not just a means to advance 'physical' security, but it constitutes their very selves as deterring actors. As a result, being unable to deter becomes a threat to their identity, evoking strong emotional responses. In recognizing these dynamics, the book provides a fresh perspective on the US war in Iraq (2003) and the Israeli war in Lebanon (2006), both of which can be seen as attempts to repair each country's shaken sense of self.

Product code: 9781107143395

ISBN 9781107143395
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW159xS18
No. Of Pages 244
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book explores the practices of deterrence, and how attachment to this strategy may increase the likelihood of future violence. It provides a fresh perspective on the US war in Iraq (2003) and the Israeli war in Lebanon (2006), which can be seen as attempts to repair each country's shaken sense of self.