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Leaders at WarHow Presidents Shape Military Interventions$
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Elizabeth N. Saunders

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449222

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449222.001.0001

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When and How States Intervene

When and How States Intervene

(p.1) 1 When and How States Intervene
Leaders at War

Elizabeth N. Saunders

Cornell University Press

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to explain when and why great powers such as the United States choose to transform foreign institutions and societies through military interventions. Why do some military interventions explicitly try to transform the domestic institutions of the states they target whereas others do not, instead attempting only to reverse foreign policies or resolve disputes without trying to reshape the internal landscape of the target state? The discussion then turns to central role of individual leaders in intervention decisions. The book contributes to the recent revival of interest in the role of leaders in international relations by developing a simple but powerful typology of leaders, as well as a rigorous way to conceptualize and measure leaders' beliefs and test their influence on intervention decisions.

Keywords:   United States, foreign policy, foreign relations, military force, military intervention

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