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POLI 244 Lecture 4: POLI 244 9-21-2016

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McGill University
Political Science
POLI 244
Fernando Nunez- Mietz

POLI 244-World Politics-9/21/2016 WAR WAR WAR Types of War-Preemptive -Fought when there is a first strike advantage, where attacking first improves the outcome as opposed to waiting for the other state to start fighting -Could result from weapons, element of surprise, etc -Could also be a first strike disadvantage -This can lead to both states wanting war if the bargaining ranges do not overlap -The size of the first strike advantage determines the outcomes, a small one improves chances of avoiding war -If there’s an overlap, there may be some deals acceptable to both -In anarchy it’s impossible or very hard to make a credible commitment -If one party were to renounce their first strike advantage and make a credible commitment, this would reduce things to one bargaining range and a much easier time making a deal Preventive Wars -One state with more power sees another growing at
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