Forceful Persuasion

Coercive Diplomacy as an Alternative to War
February 1992
112 Pages
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George examines seven cases--from Pearl Harbor to the Persian Gulf--in which the United States has used coercive diplomacy in the past half-century.

Forceful Persuasion leads to insights into diplomatic processes and gives stimulation for thought about a range of topics. Its immediate value lies in giving theory-based examples of a method for managing international conflict.

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Alexander L. George

Alexander L. George was the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, Emeritus at Stanford University. A professor of political science at Stanford from 1968 to 1990, George published seminal articles on the impact of cognitive beliefs on an individual's political behavior and on the role of stress in decision-making. He also developed methods of using case studies as a basis for building theories of political behavior, especially in the areas of Cold War foreign policy. After his retirement from Stanford, George was a distinguished fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., where he was invited to discuss the role of regional conflicts in international affairs alongside Nobel laureates Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.

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