The article highlights the research of Dartmouth’s Daryl Press, an associate professor of government. In his 2006 book, Calculating Credibility, Press examined three 20th-century cases that included notable threats and follow-ups, including the lead-up to World War II and the Cuban missile crisis.
“When I went into this, I was certain that backing down was going to hurt credibility,” Press said. But what he found was that even if the leaders backed down from their original threats, they were still taken seriously in the future.
Read the full story, published 6/23/13 by The Boston Globe.