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John W. Schiemann

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190262365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190262365.001.0001

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A Quixotic Model of Interrogational Torture

A Quixotic Model of Interrogational Torture

(p.64) 4 A Quixotic Model of Interrogational Torture
Does Torture Work?

John W. Schiemann

Oxford University Press

This chapter builds, solves, and interprets the first version of a game theoretic model of interrogational torture based on the restrictions and assumptions of the CIA ideal sketched in the previous chapter. This Bush Interrogational Torture (BIT) model introduces the reader to the core elements of a game theoretic model — the players, their moves, outcomes, payoffs, the timing of the players’ moves, and the information available to them when they move. Walking the reader through the steps in solving the game reveals the quixotic nature of the Bush ideal model: strange outcomes (subgame perfect equilibria) not predicted even by proponents. These failures, however, indicate the fixes necessary to make in a more realistic model discussed in the next chapter.

Keywords:   game theory, interrogational torture, CIA, Bush, subgame perfect equilibria

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