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Knowing the Adversary: Leaders, Intelligence, and Assessment of Intentions in International Relations

Keren Yarhi-Milo


States are more likely to engage in risky and destabilizing actions such as military build-ups and preemptive strikes if they believe their adversaries pose a tangible threat. Yet despite the crucial importance of this issue, we don’t know enough about how states and their leaders draw inferences about their adversaries’ long-term intentions. This book draws on a wealth of historical archival evidence to shed new light on how world leaders and intelligence organizations actually make these intentions assessments. The book examines three cases: Britain’s assessments of Nazi Germany’s intentions ... More

Keywords: state, intelligence organizations, intentions assessment, selective attention, military capabilities, international politics, adversaries, diplomacy, international security

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691159157
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691159157.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keren Yarhi-Milo, author
Princeton University