Our resolve is being tested in the face of the cost of living crisis and fears of climate change

A central concept in international politics is that of “determination”. It is the theory that if both sides in a conflict are aware of the other’s motivational levels, the less determined side will often back down, even if it is materially more powerful. Napoleon himself suggested that it was three times more important than material power.

It can be used to explain why great powers often fare poorly in asymmetric conflicts – why the United States could never push the North Vietnamese to their borders, why Britain capitulated during the Irish War of Independence, and more recently the relative successes of both Ukraine and why the EU has long considered cutting itself off from Russian gas supplies.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/our-resolve-is-being-tested-to-the-limit-with-the-cost-of-living-crisis-and-climate-change-fears-41894893.html Our resolve is being tested in the face of the cost of living crisis and fears of climate change

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