Strategic Instincts: The Adaptive Advantages of Cognitive Biases in International Politics
"A very timely book."—Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of New America
How cognitive biases can guide good decision making in politics and international relations
A widespread assumption in political science and international relations is that cognitive biases—quirks of the brain we all share as human beings—are detrimental and responsible for policy failures, disasters, and wars. In Strategic Instincts, Dominic Johnson challenges this assumption, explaining that these nonrational behaviors can actually support favorable results in international politics and contribute to political and strategic success. By studying past examples, he considers the ways that cognitive biases act as “strategic instincts,” lending a competitive
About Dominic Johnson
Reviews for Strategic Instincts: The Adaptive Advantages of Cognitive Biases in International Politics
"Remarkable in its scope and fascinating to read. I hope it’s widely read by politicians, military experts, and diplomats because it offers a variety of consequential actionable insights."
-Daniel T. Blumstein, Journal of Bioeconomics "Johnson’s work furthers our understanding of how adaptive traits of human psychology that evolved over the