Olivier Schmitt. Washington, D.C. Georgetown University Press, 2018. Illus. Appendices. Biblio. Index. $36.95.
Reviewed by Admiral James G. “Jamie” Foggo III, U.S. Navy
Olivier Schmitt has taken on the challenging task of assessing the utility of junior partners in coalition warfare. He does so by using an analytical approach called “Crisp Set Qualitative Comparative Analysis” (csQCA). The two subfields of mathematics used in csQCA are set theory and Boolean algebra. Set theory allows the application of quantitative methods to qualitative studies in the social sciences. Boolean algebra, named after the 19th-century mathematician George Boole, allows for the establishment of relationships between different sets and variables thereby “identifying necessary and specific conditions for specific outcomes.”