ABSTRACT

It was explained in Chapter 1 that weak powers that are engaged in bargaining processes with great powers use one or more of the following three tactics to achieve their objectives: alignment, brinkmanship, and participation in international regimes. Weak powers can decide to balance the great power through soft or hard balancing with another great power or to bandwagon with the threatening great power. Furthermore, they can also take the decision to engage in brinkmanship of various kinds and at various levels of threat. Finally, weak powers may choose to participate in international regimes or to shun them.