Theory of Games and Theory of International Relations

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2011-2-79-89

D. Degterev, MGIMO University, 76, Prosp. Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119454, Russian Federation (
A. Degterev, Russian State Geological Prospecting University n. a. Sergo Ordzhonikidze (MGRI-RSGPU), 23 Miklouho-Maklay Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The author proposes a historiographical study of the game theory application to the analysis of international negotiations, conditions for modification of multilateral regimes, mechanisms of decision-making in the international organizations. Game theory is a mathematical theory for analysis of strategic behavior (interaction) and it is widely used in the social sciences. It explains the logic of rational behavior of individuals in situations of conflict of interest. Game theory is used by foreign researchers as a method of analysis of international relations. The domestic researchers, however, do not often resorts to it. The “golden age” of game theory was the era of global confrontation between the USSR and the United States.

Keywords: game theory, international relations, international conflicts, strategy, Schelling, repeated prisoner's dilemma, evolution of cooperation, Axelrod, Nash Program, international regimes

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For citation:
Degterev D., Degterev A. Theory of Games and Theory of International Relations. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2011, No 2, pp. 79-89.

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