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By Richard Ned Lebow

This quantity brings jointly the hot essays of Richard Ned Lebow, one of many top students of diplomacy and US international coverage.

Lebow's paintings has concentrated at the instrumental worth of ethics in international coverage choice making and the disastrous effects which persist with whilst moral criteria are flouted. not like so much realists who've thought of moral issues inappropriate in states' calculations in their nationwide curiosity, Lebow has argued that self curiosity, and therefore, nationwide curiosity can basically be formulated intelligently inside a language of justice and morality. The essays the following construct in this pervasive subject in Lebow's paintings by means of featuring his important and compelling critique of recommendations of deterrence and compellence, illustrating empirically and normatively how those ideas usually produce effects counter to those who are meant. The final portion of the e-book, on counterfactuals, brings jointly one other set of similar articles which proceed to probe the connection among ethics and coverage. They achieve this via exploring the contingency of occasions to indicate the subjective, and sometimes self-fulfilling, nature of the frameworks we use to judge coverage offerings.

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Indd 24 10/11/2006 6:03:55 PM Introduction 25 consequences of reason’s failure of to restrain appetite and spirit. The chapter on the origins of the war finally resolves to my satisfaction the apparent contradiction between Thucydides’ authorial statement and the narrative of Book I. The follow-on chapter reads his history as a layered, sophistic text, where tensions and contradictions within and between levels draw readers to deeper levels of understanding. Reading number eleven, an article published in the American Political Science Review, is an abbreviated presentation of the argument of this chapter.

4 Gregory Henderson, Richard Ned Lebow and John G. Stoessinger, Divided Nations in a Divided World (New York: David McKay, 1974). 5 Richard Ned Lebow, “The Origins of Sectarian Assassination: The Case of Belfast,” Journal of International Affairs 32 (Spring 1978), pp. 43–61. 6 Richard Ned Lebow, Between Peace and War: The Nature of International Crisis (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981). 7 Robert Jervis, Richard Ned Lebow, and Janice Gross Stein, Psychology and Deterrence (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).

French humiliation at Fashoda exposed the absurdity of challenging Britain. Arabs convinced themselves that they had lost every war with Israel because they were unprepared, uncoordinated, and lacked the military initiative. The Egyptian-Syrian surprise attack on Israel in October 1973 benefited from all these advantages, and in addition, the latest Soviet weapons and new tactics to counter Israel’s’ advantage in armor. Despite initial successes on both fronts, the war was a military disaster for both Syria and Egypt.

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