Psychology and Deterrence

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Psychology and Deterrence

by Robert Jervis, Richard Ned Lebow and Janice Gross Stein
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986
270 pp. $27.50
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Deterrence-so basic to U.S. national security policy and indeed to much of the current system of international relations-remains of uncertain psychological validity. The authors of this sophisticated and perceptive book examine such situations as the Falklands War, the Arab-Israeli confrontations and the events leading up to World War I, and draw some troubling conclusions about risk-taking, national behavior and reliance upon deterrence as a strategy for conflict management.