Deterrence

Authored by: Richard Ned Lebow

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077

10.4324/9780203866764.ch36

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Abstract

Threat-based strategies have always been central to International Relations. Deterrence and compellence represent efforts to conceptualize these strategies to make them more understandable in theory and more effective in practice. These efforts, which have been underway since the end of the Second World War, remain highly controversial. There is no consensus among scholars or policymakers about the efficacy of these strategies or the conditions in which they are most appropriate.

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