War has been with us ever since the dawn of civilization. Nothing has been more constant in history than war.
p. 1 (War and peace (2005))
"Interactive Decision Theory" would perhaps be a more descriptive name for the discipline usually called Game Theory.Robert Aumann
I think game theory creates ideas that are important in solving and approaching conflict in general.Robert Aumann
I would like to suggest that we should perhaps change direction in our efforts to bring about world peace. Up to now all the effort has been put into resolving speci?c con?icts: India–Pakistan, North–South Ireland, various African wars, Balkan wars, Russia–Chechnya, Israel–Arab, etc., etc. I’d like to suggest that we should shift emphasis and study war in general.Robert Aumann
A person’s behavior is rational if it is in his best interests, given his informationRobert Aumann
The theory of repeated games is able to account for phenomena such as altruism, cooperation, trust, loyalty, revenge, threats (self-destructive or otherwise) – phenomena that may at ?rst seem irrational – in terms of the “sel?sh” utility-maximizing paradigm of game theory and neoclassical economics .Robert Aumann
The players in a game are said to be in strategic equilibrium (or simply equilibrium) when their play is mutually optimal : when the actions and plans of each player are rational in the given strategic environment – i.e., when each knows the actions and plans of the others.Robert Aumann
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.Robert Aumann
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.Robert Aumann
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