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Benefits of War

When the wolf is at the door, domestic quarrels are put aside in order to deal with the more immediate danger.
- The Case Against Peace, Stephen Walt, Foreign Policy, June 17, 2016

War and strong states, peace and weak states?, Michael Desch, International Organization, Spring 1996

War! What Is It Good For?, Ian Morris, 2014

It has long been recognized that war can serve as a useful source of power. Shakespeare’s Henry IV advises his son,

Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels
- Henry IV, Part 2, Act 4, Scene 3


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