The Diplomacy of Violence- Thomas C. Schelling

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Political Science
POLI 244
Jason Scott Ferrell

The Diplomacy of Violence: Thomas C. Schelling  Distinction between diplomacy and force is made by the relation between adversaries o Interplay of motives and role of communication, understandings, compromise and restraint  Diplomacy is bargaining o Wants outcomes that aren’t ideal for either side but better for both than given alternatives o Each party somewhat controls what the other wants o Can threaten or offer, assume status quo or ignore all rights and privileges o There is always going to be some sort of common interests – even if it’s just avoiding mutual damage, and an awareness of the need to make the other party prefer an acceptable outcome to your party.  Enough military force eliminates the need to bargain (some things a state wants can be taken). Forcibly, a coutry an repel/expel, penetrate/occupy, seize, externminate, disarm/disable, with enough strength. Enough is categorized by how much your opponent has.  Force can be used to hurt – while it can take things of value, it can destroy value. Can cause plain suffering (pain, shock, loss, guilt). The power to hurt can be counted among the most impressibe attributes of military force  Measured in the suffering it can cause – suffering requires a victim able to feel pain or has something to lose.  Only gain or loss is making people behave to
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