A person's behavior is rational if it is in his best interests, given his information
"Interactive Decision Theory" would perhaps be a more descriptive name for the discipline usually called Game Theory.
War has been with us ever since the dawn of civilization. Nothing has been more constant in history than war.
I think game theory creates ideas that are important in solving and approaching conflict in general.
Repetition acts as an enforcement mechanism: It makes cooperation achievable when it is not achievable in the one-shot game, even when one replaces strategic equilibrium as the criterion for achievability by the more stringent requirement of perfect equilibrium.
The strong equilibrium point f just described is one of "unrelenting ferocity" against offenders. It exhibits a zeal for meting out justice that is entirely oblivious to the sometimes dire consequences to oneself or to the other faitheful i.e., those who have not deviated.
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