The increasing capacity of states to muster violence, military power as a meaningful instrument of foreign policy, and the frequent episodic collapse of that power are considered.
Nathan (international relations, Auburn U.) suggests that if policy goals are clear with regard to "national interests," than military policy can be fairly easily incorporated into efforts of diplomacy. His doctrine of more war is posited as a way to cast a "shadow of power" that will dovetail with political objectives. It is possible to deploy military power without having to resort to massive firepower, he suggests, citing "successes" in Lebanon and Nicaragua in the 1980s as proof. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)