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The Power of Deterrence
Emotions, Identity, and American and Israeli Wars of Resolve

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316507759

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  • Why do states persist in using force to enhance their deterrent posture, even though it is not clear that it is effective? This book develops an innovative framework to answer this question, viewing deterrence as an idea. This allows the author to explain how countries institutionalize deterrence strategy, and how this internalization affects policy. He argues that the US and Israel have both internalized deterrence ideas and become attached to these practices. For them, deterrence is not just a means to advance 'physical' security, but it constitutes their very selves as deterring actors. As a result, being unable to deter becomes a threat to their identity, evoking strong emotional responses. In recognizing these dynamics, the book provides a fresh perspective on the US war in Iraq (2003) and the Israeli war in Lebanon (2006), both of which can be seen as attempts to repair each country's shaken sense of self.

    • Provides a new framework for the study of deterrence, by viewing it as an idea
    • An original application of constructivist theory to the study of deterrence
    • Offers new analysis of the US war in Iraq and Israel's war in Lebanon, and implications for policy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316507759
    • length: 242 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The constitution of the deterrer identity
    3. Ontological security, deterrence, and the use of force
    4. The US and the War on Terror
    5. Israel and the Lebanon War
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Amir Lupovici, Tel-Aviv University
    Amir Lupovici is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Tel-Aviv University. His research interests include constructivism, cyberspace, securitization, and deterrence. His previous publications have appeared in, among others, International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Studies, the International Studies Review, and Foreign Policy Analysis.

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