Adjunct Professor Peter Jenkins ’81, ’02 (LLM), ’11 (PhD) has a new book coming out in July – War and Happiness: The Role of Temperament in the Assessment of Resolve



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Proposes that leaders, politicians and diplomats who have depressive temperaments will tend to underestimate the resolve of their state’s adversaries and overestimate the resolve of its allies, while the converse will occur when those individuals have non-depressive temperaments.

Argues that the emotional climate of a state’s national legislature changes significantly over the long term in response to exogenous factors, creating a greater risk of the outbreak of war being caused by the overestimation or underestimation of its adversary’s resolve.

Presents a groundbreaking analysis of empirical data, from psycholinguistic text mining and semantic analysis of debates, speeches, statements and memos to detailed case studies of the origins of twelve wars with Anglo-American involvement from 1853 to 2003.