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Schelling's Game TheoryHow to Make Decisions$
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Robert V. Dodge

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199857203

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199857203.001.0001

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Thomas Schelling and His Signature Course on Strategic Thinking

Thomas Schelling and His Signature Course on Strategic Thinking

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Schelling's Game Theory


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This chapter presents a brief summary of Schelling's career with tributes, taking him from NATO, to Washington and then the beginning of his academic career at Yale. From Yale he headed to the RAND Corporation, where he became involved with military strategy and game theory. In 1960 he moved to Harvard and completed The Strategy of Conflict, developed the strategy of MAD, advised President Kennedy during the Berlin Crisis of 1961, and developed war games to train government officials in crisis management, including Henry Kissinger and Bobby Kennedy. When he began teaching he created a course based on his experiences with bargaining and strategy, calling it “Conflict, Cooperation, and Strategy.” The course involved mixing strategic analysis with game theory and rational choice, and forms the basis of this book. Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics writes about his memories as a student on this course, years ago, as a supplement.

Keywords:   Thomas Schelling, nuclear strategy, deterrence, Kennedy School of Government, RAND Corporation, Yale, Harvard, Berlin Crisis, Steven Levitt

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