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Weak Party Escalation: An Underestimated Strategy for Small States
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Division of Strategy.
Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies, Norway.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Strategic Studies, ISSN 0140-2390, E-ISSN 1743-937X, Vol. 42, no 2, p. 282-300Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we develop the strategic rationale behind weak party escalation against stronger adversaries. There are, we suggest, four main strategies: to provoke a desired over-reaction from the stronger adversary; to compartmentalize conflict within a domain in which the weak party has advantages; to carve a niche with a stronger ally, and to forge a reputation of not yielding lightly. Spelling out these different logics contributes to the literature on small state strategies and escalation. It also suggests, contrary to much of the existing literature, that it can be rational for weak parties to escalate against great powers.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 42, no 2, p. 282-300
Keywords [en]
strategy, asymmetry, escalation, small state, rationality
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Krigsvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8866DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2018.1559154OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8866DiVA, id: diva2:1379292
Available from: 2019-12-16 Created: 2019-12-16 Last updated: 2020-01-14Bibliographically approved

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