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No Empty Threats: Establishing Credibility In Foreign Affairs

by General Jim Mattis, Kenneth A. Schultzvia PolicyEd.org
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Often our words can replace the need for action in foreign affairs, but only if our allies and enemies believe what we say. Strength and diplomacy don’t happen without credibility. That comes from following through on what we’ll say do and never making empty threats.

How Little England Beat Big France

by Barry R. Weingast, Kenneth A. Schultzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, April 30, 1996

Authoritarian states hold an advantage over democratic ones because they can act quickly and decisively, right? Wrong. Hoover fellow Barry R. Weingast and his coauthor, Kenneth A. Schultz, argue that every time an authoritarian state and a liberal state get into a protracted fight, the liberal state wins. Here Weingast and Schultz examine the century and a quarter of conflict between England and France during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.