Event Details

States often try to combat challenges from nonstate actors by punishing the states that host them. Wendy Pearlman and Boaz Atzili investigate seventy years of Israel’s use of this strategy, which they term triadic coercion. Evaluating the conditions under which triadic coercion succeeds, they turn deterrence theory on its head and show how coercion is more effective against a strong host regime than a weak one. Investigating adoption of triadic coercion, they highlight the role of strategic culture and demonstrate how a state’s system of beliefs, values, and institutionalized practices can encourage it as a necessary response, even when that policy is prone to backfire.

“Both policy makers and scholars talk a lot about deterring state sponsors of terrorism, but until now we have lacked a serious study of the topic... This is a major contribution to understanding an important topic.”

  • Robert Jervis, Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

Welcome Remarks:

Michael Brenner, Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and Director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University


Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings

Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University


Keith Darden, Associate Professor at American University's School of International Service

This event is co-sponsored by American University's Center for Israel Studies and the School of International Service.

  • When: Tue Oct. 23
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Address: School of International Service
    Washington DC,US 20016

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