The following examples illustrate the unsuccessful use of
brinkmanship, where brinkmanship is considered “unsuccessful” when the mutually
bad outcome (disaster) occurs. Answer the questions outlined in Exercise S3 for
the following situations:
(a) The confrontation between the regime and the student
prodemocracy demonstrators in Beijing in June 1989. Readings: Donald Morrison,
ed., Massacre in Beijing: China’s Struggle for Democracy (New York: Time
Magazine Publications, 1989); Suzanne Ogden, Kathleen Hartford, L. Sullivan,
and D. Zweig, eds., China’s Search for Democracy: The Student and Mass Movement
of 1989 (Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1992).
(b) The Caterpillar strike, from 1991 to 1998. Readings:
“The Caterpillar Strike: Not Over Till It’s Over,” Economist, February 28,
1998; “Caterpillar’s Comeback,” Economist, June 20, 1998; Aaron Bernstein, “Why
Workers Still Hold a Weak Hand,” BusinessWeek, March 2, 1998.