Relating Landscape Dynamics to International Security

Landscape dynamics is an emergent field offering new approaches to international security problematics. The assumptions embodied in landscape dynamics are that actors change their strategies incrementally and, in doing so, alter the strategies of their counterparts. This paper explores a theoretical model in which the principles of landscape dynamics underlie how states formulate policy vis-a-vis international security. In particular, I present a model that illustrates how states' security objectives tend to be unstable as a function of the number of actors in the international system and of the number of security objectives.