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Contemporary Security Studies

Contemporary Security Studies (5th edn)

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date: 16 August 2022

p. 28519. Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflictslocked

p. 28519. Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflictslocked

  • Peter Viggo Jakobsen

Abstract

This chapter examines how coercive diplomacy has emerged as a strategy for states in dealing with the opponent without resorting to full-scale war. Coercive diplomacy involves the use of military threats and/or limited force (sticks) coupled with inducements and assurances (carrots) in order to influence the opponent to do something it would prefer not to. This chapter first explains what coercive diplomacy is and considers its requirements for success. It then shows how states have employed coercive diplomacy to manage crises and conflicts during the three strategic eras that followed the end of the Cold War. It also discusses the importance of the strategic context in shaping the use of coercive diplomacy by presenting two case studies, one relating to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and the other relating to Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine.

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