The strategy of interposition is a sequential strategy designed to limit an opponent's available courses of action to two options—desist and accede to the interposer or initiate armed violence, thereby suffering the onus of escalation.
Pitt, William M.
"The Use of Seapower in Countering the Strategy of Interposition,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 24
, Article 6.
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