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Game Theory, Diplomatic History and Security Studies

Frank C. Zagare


The main purpose of this book is to demonstrate, by way of example, the several advantages of using a formal game-theoretic framework to explain complex events, diplomatic history, and contentious interstate relationships, via causal mechanisms and rationality. Chapter 1 lays out the broad parameters and major concepts of the mathematical theory of games and its applications in the security studies literature. Chapter 2 explores a number of issues connected with the use of game-theoretic models to organize analytic narratives, both generally and specifically. Chapter 3 interprets the Moroccan ... More

Keywords: game theory, diplomatic history, security studies, deterrence theory, analytic narrative, crisis, war, conflict, causal mechanism, rationality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198831587
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198831587.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frank C. Zagare, author
UB Distinguished Professor, University at Buffalo