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27 Fourth, the theory assumes that states “black box” their adversaries— once a state is involved in strategic interaction, its policy choices are influenced by its adversary’s actions but are not influenced by the adversary’s domestic structure or the characteristics of its leaders. This is essentially equivalent to assuming that the adversary is a unitary actor. Again, this is a major simplification. 28 The implications for the theory are potentially larger than the assumption that the state is a unitary actor.

The theory provides a rational baseline that enables us to make a distinction between a state’s international security environment and its decision to build arms. If a state’s international environment necessitates an arms buildup, then arming, as well as the competition that ensues if the adversary responds, is rational and the state’s best available policy option. For these types of cases, even if arms races correlate with war, they do not cause it. Instead, the state’s international environment causes the arms race and in turn war.

Basic Assumptions My theory starts with four basic assumptions. Key strands of IR theory— including neorealism and neo-institutionalism—are built on similar as13 This body of research includes studies of biased military organizations, including Jack L. Snyder, The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984); and Barry R. Posen, The Sources of Military Doctrine (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1984); and studies of the impact of misperceptions, including Christensen and Snyder, “Chain Gangs and Passed Bucks”; and Van Evera, Causes of War.

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