Strategies of conflict management are largely rooted in realist approaches to international relations. They ignore entirely the psychological dynamics characteristic of conflictual relationships. Strategies of deterrence, compellence and other forms of coercion may be counterproductive when they encourage targets to reframe the relationship and make resisting New foreign pressure their primary goal. Sophisticated strategies of conflict management must avoid this pitfall and find ways of enhancing, not denigrating, the self-esteem of others. In this event, Ned Lebow illustrated these points with historical examples and suggested a more nuanced framework for managing and reducing interstate conflict.
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