Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Dennis A. Smith
This project examines the phenomenon of weaker states attacking stronger adversaries in the international system. It draws on the existing literature and establishes an argument based on the Offense-Defense balance, explaining that states' perceptions of a favorable offense-defense balance is crucial to explaining their decision-making and the timing of war initiation.
Ely, Alexander, "David vs. Goliath: Offense-Defense Theory and Asymmetric Wars" (2009). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 283.
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