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Humanitarian Rationality - A rational analysis of humanitarian restrictions on warfare

Ingesson, Tony (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis uses some key aspects of game theory-related research concerning the Cold War by re-interpreting it in a more generally applicable way. Three such key aspects, defined as the reciprocity factor, the rule complexity factor and the unrestricted destabilising measures factor, are then used to explain how likely restrictions on warfare are to persist for purely rational reasons. The essence of the theory is that restrictions on warfare for humanitarian reasons can be explained in rational terms. Furthermore, using game theory, the likelihood of a given restriction to be respected is measured. The theory is applied to a comparative study of two cases; the German chemical warfare and submarine warfare strategies during World War II.... (More)
This thesis uses some key aspects of game theory-related research concerning the Cold War by re-interpreting it in a more generally applicable way. Three such key aspects, defined as the reciprocity factor, the rule complexity factor and the unrestricted destabilising measures factor, are then used to explain how likely restrictions on warfare are to persist for purely rational reasons. The essence of the theory is that restrictions on warfare for humanitarian reasons can be explained in rational terms. Furthermore, using game theory, the likelihood of a given restriction to be respected is measured. The theory is applied to a comparative study of two cases; the German chemical warfare and submarine warfare strategies during World War II. These two cases have much in common but the outcome was totally different. The differences between the cases are used to illustrate the theory. (Less)
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author
Ingesson, Tony
supervisor
organization
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
limited warfare, game theory, humanitarian conventions, rule systems, warfare, Peace and conflict research, polemology, Freds- och konfliktforskning
language
English
id
1324050
date added to LUP
2007-01-10
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  abstract     = {This thesis uses some key aspects of game theory-related research concerning the Cold War by re-interpreting it in a more generally applicable way. Three such key aspects, defined as the reciprocity factor, the rule complexity factor and the unrestricted destabilising measures factor, are then used to explain how likely restrictions on warfare are to persist for purely rational reasons. The essence of the theory is that restrictions on warfare for humanitarian reasons can be explained in rational terms. Furthermore, using game theory, the likelihood of a given restriction to be respected is measured. The theory is applied to a comparative study of two cases; the German chemical warfare and submarine warfare strategies during World War II. These two cases have much in common but the outcome was totally different. The differences between the cases are used to illustrate the theory.},
  author       = {Ingesson, Tony},
  keyword      = {limited warfare,game theory,humanitarian conventions,rule systems,warfare,Peace and conflict research, polemology,Freds- och konfliktforskning},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Humanitarian Rationality - A rational analysis of humanitarian restrictions on warfare},
  year         = {2006},
}