Naval War College Review


When is coercion successful? How is success to be defined? Coercion, broadly speaking, is the use of threats to influence another’s behavior. Although there is a substantial and growing literature on coercion, there is little consensus within that literature as to what qualifies as a successful example of coercion. Different authors formulate their own definitions of “success” and apply them to case studies, often with contrasting findings within the same cases. That is because the literature lacks a clear conceptual framework to analyze coercion.