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[Tyler Cowen] Beware the nested games of Russia’s war in Ukraine
[Tyler Cowen] Beware the nested games of Russia’s war in Ukraine
ViewpointsJun 24, 2022
“Beware the nested game.” It is one of the least-known but most useful adages to keep in mind when following international affairs, and it is especially relevant now that Lithuania has announced a blockade of sanctioned Russian goods. A nested game is what it sounds like -- a game within a game. It recognizes that the actors in most real-world settings are not unified and have conflicting motives. The classic example is the failure of a proposed Middle East peace deal because some h