Daniel Altman


Daniel Altman is a PhD student a doctoral candidate in International Relations and Security Studies. His dissertation, "Red Lines and the Fait Accompli: A Theory of Bargaining, Coercion, and Crisis among Nations," develops and tests a theory of coercive conflict based on the relationship between characteristics of red lines, faits accomplis, and outcomes. His research areas include: coercion, deterrence, the causes of war, false optimism as a cause of war, trade as a cause of peace, preventive force and nuclear proliferation, strategy selection, crisis strategy, and the strategic logic of information (signaling and reputation).


"The Strategist's Curse: A Theory of False Optimism as a Cause of War." Working paper. (pdf)