Security Seeking under Anarchy: Defensive Realism Revisited

@article{Taliaferro2001SecuritySU,
  title={Security Seeking under Anarchy: Defensive Realism Revisited},
  author={Jeffrey W. Taliaferro},
  journal={International Security},
  year={2001},
  volume={25},
  pages={128-161}
}
I wish to thank Dale Copeland, Bernard Finel, Benjamin Frankel, Benjamin Miller, Jennifer Sterling-Folker, and the anonymous reviewers for International Security for comments on various drafts. I am responsible for any remaining errors or omissions. Earlier versions of this article were presented at the 1999 annual meetings of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. 
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