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Why War: The Big Picture
Why war: The big picture
Exercise 5-1. Choosing War

Consider again the case of negotiations between the US and North Korea over the latter's nuclear program, presented in chapter 3 of Principles. Suppose, as we did in chapter 3, that the extent of North Korea's nuclear program ranges from 0 to 1. The US ideal point is 0,1 and North Korea's ideal point is 1. As part of the negotiations, each of the two sides can propose a position (call it x) that lies anywhere between 0 and 1 on the nuclear dimension. The larger x is, the more developed North Korea's program is, and the closer North Korea is to maintaining its current nuclear capabilities. Conversely, the smaller x is, the ...

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