Leaders and International Conflict by Professor Giacomo Chiozza, Professor H. E. Goemans

By Professor Giacomo Chiozza, Professor H. E. Goemans

Chiozza and Goemans search to give an explanation for why and while political leaders choose to begin foreign crises and wars. They argue that the destiny of leaders and how management alterations shapes leaders' judgements to start up overseas clash. Leaders who expect standard elimination from place of work, via elections for instance, have little to achieve and lots more and plenty to lose from overseas clash, while leaders who count on a forcible elimination from place of work, corresponding to via coup or revolution, have little to lose and lots more and plenty to achieve from clash. This thought is established opposed to an in depth research of greater than eighty years of foreign clash and with a thorough old exam of primary American leaders from 1848 to 1918. Leaders and foreign clash highlights the political nature of the alternative among conflict and peace and may entice all students of diplomacy and comparative politics.

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If he entertained aspirations beyond the containment of the Iranian danger – as he may have done – they were not the reasons for launching the war but were incidental. , 29). , 19–20). Strikingly, Saddam Hussein himself acknowledged he was fighting for survival in 1990. As reported in The New York Times, “Mr. Hussein told his interrogator on one occasion that a principal reason for invading was his belief that he needed to keep his army occupied. One senior intelligence official familiar with that interview said Mr.

For these leaders, thus, international conflict constitutes a dangerous gamble. Should, then, the security conditions of their countries call for the use of force, these leaders will be more inclined to initiate conflict when they are secure in office. Their firm control of power would serve as author of the nation’s war policy, while victory, under the guidance of a general who was a partisan of the opposition, would almost certainly lead to defeat for the president’s party in the next general elections .

First, in the formal literature, commitment problems are almost always “solved” by the elimination of one player (Fearon, 2004; Powell, 2006). If one player is removed from the game, by definition the commitment problem goes away. International conflict can solve the problem in this way if it increases the probability the leader (completely) defeats his domestic opponents. Second, the commitment problem would be solved if its cause, a temporary shock in favor of the opposition, can be quickly reversed.

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