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David vs. Goliath: Offense-Defense Theory and Asymmetric Wars

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Author: Ely, Alexander
Advisor: Oakes, Amy, 1976-
Committee Members: Smith, Dennis A.; Westberg, Christine
Issued Date: 2009-05-13
Subjects: Security studies
Causes of war
International relations
Political science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/1204
Description: This project examines the phenomenon of weaker states attacking stronger adversaries in the international system. It draws on the existing literature and establishes an argument based on the Offense-Defense balance, explaining that states' perceptions of a favorable offense-defense balance is crucial to explaining their decision-making and the timing of war initiation.
Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Government


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