The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might
This book examines how the United States uses limited military force and other means to influence adversaries and potential adversaries. It reviews when limited force can and cannot work and examines a range of current challenges, including those of guerrilla groups or minor powers armed with nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. It also looks at the complications arising from domestic politics and the difficulties of using force in an alliance.
- Most up-to-date survey of coercion in international relations; focus on US
- Examines problem from adversary's point of view as well as US
- Covers range of challenges, including guerrilla warfare, nuclear/chemical/biological warfare, smaller state aggression (e.g. Iraq)
History | Law | Military History | Military, War, and Peace | United States History
Cambridge University Press
New York, NY
"This timely RAND Corporation study focuses on threats of military action and on the coercive functions of military operations in war…. All in all, The Dynamics of Coercion should be must-reading for all practitioners and scholars of the art, especially those who, encouraged by the administration's optimism for controllable war, are unworried by the new enthusiasm for coercive diplomacy.”
—Political Science Quarterly
"This important work offers a fresh look at the potential strengths and weaknesses of coercion in American foreign policy in the 21st century. Highly recommended.”
Center on Global Governance
Byman, Daniel L. and Waxman, Matthew C., "The Dynamics of Coercion: American Foreign Policy and the Limits of Military Might" (2002). Faculty Books. 177.