Carmel Davis received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Taking the period 1970 to 1982 as his set of cases, Carmel Davis looks at how well U.S. perceptions of the extent of the danger posed by the Soviet Union can be explained by one version of balance of power theory, balance of threat, and what he calls the balance of military capabilities. This is an important period of the Cold War, and the summary of the relevant facts, figures, and intelligence judgments is useful. The exposition of the theories . . . raises interesting and important issues. In just 114 pages, the book covers quite a bit of ground very concisely. * Journal of Cold War Studies *