I must admit that I was, before the recent NYT article about their foreign policy interview with Trump referenced it (see below), ignorant of Nixon’s “Madman theory.”
About the Madman theory:
It seems to me that Putin to some degree has adopted that position (or is in fact crazy) and used it to some degree of success.
Lawd knows the world would be convinced that Trump would be irrational and volatile. I know I am so convinced.
The point of this thread however is not to discuss Trump but the rationale of the Madman theory. Was Nixon correct or does predictability help foster international stability?