Divided over Iraq, United over Iran. A Rational Choice Explanation to European Irrationalities
AbstractThe War on Iraq in has split the continent into ‘Old Europe’ and ‘New Europe’. On Iran, by contrast, the EU jointly acts in the context of a coordinated European foreign policy. The paper argues that both conflicts resemble an assurance game among the Europeans, in which the entailed trust dilemma prevented involved players from cooperating. It identifies the European ‘Dialogues’ with Iran as a regime that reduced information deficits in the case of Iran. In the case of Iraq, however, European players were unable to mutually judge whether there was a hidden agenda or not – and thus opted for defection instead of cooperation.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 7813.
Date of creation: 2008
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Publication status: Published in European Political Economy Review 8.Spring(2008): pp. 40-67
European foreign policy; nuclear conflict; WMD; Iran; Iraq; assurance game; regime theory;
Other versions of this item:
- Andreas Goldthau, 2008. "Divided over Iraq, United over Iran. A Rational Choice Explanation to European Irrationalities," European Political Economy Review, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, European Political Economy Infrastructure Consortium, vol. 8(Spring), pages 40-67.
- F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other
- C7 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory
- F51 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Conflicts; Negotiations; Sanctions
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- NEP-ALL-2008-03-25 (All new papers)
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