Crises in World Politics

Crises in World Politics

Theory and Reality

1st Edition - January 1, 1993

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  • Author: Michael Brecher
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483100555

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Crises in World Politics: Theory & Reality presents the study of international conflict. This book discusses the danger of crises to global and regional stability. Organized into eight chapters, this book begins with an overview of the key concepts of the inquiry, conflict, crisis, and war. This text then explores the four phases of an interstate crisis, namely, onset, escalation, de-escalation, and impact. Other chapters consider the unified model of crisis, which is applied to the Gulf Crisis-War of 1990–91. This book discusses as well the most intense military-security crisis in the 20th century, the dynamics of the process, and how the actors coped with their crisis. The final chapter summarizes the primary findings about models and concepts, and about each phase and its corresponding period at the actor level, namely, pre-crisis, crisis, end-crisis, and post-crisis. This book is a valuable resource for historians, policy makers, and social scientists.

Table of Contents

  • List of Figures and Tables


    1. Concepts and Models

    Crisis, Conflict, War

    State of the Art

    Crisis Domains/Phases

    Model I: International Crisis

    Model II: Crisis Behavior

    Tasks Ahead

    2. Onset

    Model of Crisis Onset

    Data, Propositions and Summary

    Coping with Onset

    Onset/Pre-Crisis: Case Study Findings

    3. Escalation

    Escalation, War, Security Dilemma, Conflict Spiral

    Model of Crisis Escalation

    Hypotheses and Findings on Escalation

    Coping with Escalation

    Escalation/Crisis: Case Study Findings

    4. Deescalation

    War Termination

    Model of Crisis Deescalation

    Hypotheses and Findings on Deescalation

    Coping with Deescalation

    Deescalation/End-Crisis: Case Study Findings

    5. Impact

    Indicators and Index of Intensity

    Case Studies of Intensity

    Impact: Indicators and Index

    Crisis Impact Model

    Hypotheses and Findings on Impact

    Case Studies of Impact

    Impact/Post-Crisis: Case Study Findings

    6. Unified Model of Crisis





    7. The Gulf Crisis 1990-91







    The Unified Model and the Gulf Crisis

    8· What Have We Learned?

    Cumulation of Knowledge

    Lessons for the Future

    Appendix A Ranking the Variables: Crisis Onset

    Appendix B Aggregate Findings on Intensity



    Name Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 694
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1993
  • Published: January 1, 1993
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483100555

About the Author

Michael Brecher

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McGill University, Canada

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