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The Deterrence Deadlock: Is There a Way out?

Richard Ned Lebow
Political Psychology
Vol. 4, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 333-354
DOI: 10.2307/3790944
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3790944
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

Recent research into the origins of brinkmanship crisis raises serious questions about the utility of deterrence; it indicates that deterrence fails to address what may be the most common cause of aggression, the perceived need to pursue a confrontatory foreign policy because of weakness at home or abroad. A policy of "reassurance" is proposed to address this problem and is offered as an alternative or parallel strategy of conflict management. Some of the implications of reassurance for Soviet-American relations are explored.

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