Does Offense-Defense Theory Have a Future?

Sean M. Lynn-Jones
Content Type
Working Paper
Centre for International Peace and Security Studies
Does offense-defense theory have a future? Its proponents would vigorously answer "yes" and point to the theory's contributions to the field of international relations. In various forms, offense-defense theory has been used to explain many types of international phenomena, ranging from the causes of war and peace to the importance that states attach to relative gains. Proponents also suggest that the theory has much relevance to security policy.
International Relations, Security, Peace Studies