This concluding chapter summarizes the book's findings and suggests avenues for future research. At its core, the book makes the case for why leaders should matter to international relations, and also how they matter. Leaders' characteristics significantly shape their behavior on the international stage, but current scholarship lacks clear direction as to what characteristics are important and how those traits affect crisis decision making and international behavior more broadly. The book advances this research agenda by exploring the relationship between self-monitoring, military assertiveness, and contests of “face.” Although prominent in the field of psychology, self-monitoring has unfortunately remained largely unexplored to students of world politics. Self-monitoring should be of significant importance to international relations scholars who study signaling and perception in international politics, but there is also much to be gained by applying the concept of self-monitoring beyond studies of security.
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