US Foreign Policy
Project

Use of Force Short of War

Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy
Draws lessons about the use of military force as a coercive tool, using historical and quantitative analysis of U.S. foreign policy in the post-Cold War era (1991-2018)
Project Info

The Short of War project analyzes the ways in which the United States and other countries have used their armed forces as a tool of foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. Specifically, it provides guidance about the ways in which, and the conditions under which, the US armed forces can work in concert with economic and diplomatic elements of US power to create effective coercive strategies.

This project is a follow-up work to the book Force Without War, co-written by Stimson co-Founder Barry Blechman. The research from this project has resulted in into the forthcoming book, Military Coercion and US Foreign Policy: The Use of Force Short of War (Routledge 2020).

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