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Western Use of Coercive Diplomacy after the Cold War

A Challenge for Theory and Practice


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 1-10
  3. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 11-24
  4. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 25-49
  5. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 50-69
  6. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 70-109
  7. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 110-129
  8. Peter Viggo Jakobsen
    Pages 130-149
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 150-215

About this book


This book fills a gap in the literature on coercion and assesses the usefulness of coercive diplomacy in the post-Cold war era. The theoretical framework explains why coercive diplomacy politics succeed or fail, identifies the conditions under which Western states will be willing to back coercive strategies with use of limited force and highlights how the need for collective action affects the use of coercion. The framework is tested empirically in analyses of the Gulf crisis, the Yugoslav wars and the Haiti crisis.


cold war conflict democracy Diplomacy politics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

PETER VIGGO JAKOBSEN is Fulbright Scholar and a special student at Department of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was Visiting Scholar at King's College, Department of War Studies, London during the Spring of 1996. He gained his PhD from Department of Political Science at University of Aarhus, in 1997. Presently, he is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His current main interest is collective use of coercion and military force in the contemporary world.

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