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This text is intended to fill a gap in the literature on coercion and assesses the usefulness of coercive diplomacy in the post-Cold war era. The theoretical framework explains why coercive diplomacy politics succeed or fail, identifies the conditions under which Western states will be willing to back coercive strategies with use of limited force, and highlights how the need for collective action affects the use of coercion. The framework is tested empirically in analyses of the Gulf crisis, the Yugoslav wars and the Haiti crisis.
PETER VIGGO JAKOBSEN is Fulbright Scholar and a special student at Department of Political Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was Visiting Scholar at King's College, Department of War Studies, London during the Spring of 1996. He gained his PhD from Department of Political Science at University of Aarhus, in 1997. Presently, he is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His current main interest is collective use of coercion and military force in the contemporary world.