A formula for building national strength.
A formula for building anti-hegemonic coalitions that help preserve the independence of countries.
a necessary formula that helps make states less vulnerable.
A never-ending formula for conflict and for wasting resources.
Gathering data on military power is often difficult.
The appropriate statistical methods for doing so have yet to be devised.
there is no standard measure for power.
The real indicators of power are kept secret.
Power is dynamic
Power is objective
Power is certain
Power is relative
A zero-sum game.
A non–zero-sum game.
A positive-sum game.
Unimportant in the international system.
Skillful communication involving persuasion.
Working conditions of sweat shops
China's nuclear arsenal.
China's labor conditions.
Taiwan's nuclear arsenal.
Taiwan's desire for independence.
Rewards (positive incentives) and punishments (negative incentives).
the trade off states face with military spending between carrots (public spending) and sticks (military spending).
a French story about the difficulties of farming carrots with only sticks.
A parable about needing to divide ones efforts between collecting sticks (firewood) and carrots (food).
Involve appealing to world peace to increase credibility.
Make it hard to back away from confrontation.
Help avoid overreactions.
Involve appealing to national survival to increase credibility.