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Non-notable concept that has only passing mentions in any of the listed sources. This alone is not enough for WP:GNG. I would also support merging this into exit strategy as it is nothing more than a special case of this broad concept. — Shibbolethink(♔♕) 12:33, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Add - I still think exit strategy is a far better target. An 'off ramp' is an exit strategy offered by one party to the other. I think deescalation is far broader, and it feels like we are shoe-horning this if we redirect. ‡ El cid, el campeadortalk 17:06, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
KeepMerge and Redirect to De-escalation#Military tactics as per Bakkster Man- Exit strategy refers to a plan derived by a state to extricate themselves from a situation, while off-ramp is more about one state offering another state a way to deescalate or otherwise disengage from a situation, whether by discretely offering some concession or positioning so as to allow the other state or leader a way to save face. One cannot say that the offramp is a special case of an exit strategy, because there is a fundamentally different dynamic at play. I do think the term is notable in itself, because although none of the articles using it go into depth analyzing the term itself, it has a lot of circulation in academic international relations literature; for example see here. It's something that is more appropriate for an encyclopedia than a dictionary, because the concept also has a history and applications in multiple fields, including negotiation and mediation, as mentioned in this NYT piece. Chagropango (talk) 13:51, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Merge to De-escalation#Military tactics. As per Chagropango this is a specific tactic to de-escalate a conflict, specifically by offering an adversary an alternate path to escalation, rather than an exit strategy which is one party's self-motivated withdrawl. Not sure there's enough interest in expanding the topic beyond a dictionary definition (such as above suggestion to expand on past examples of de-escalation described as off-ramps; including Israel-Palestine, North Korea, Iran, et al), but at least the merge would put the term into the right article. Bakkster Man (talk) 14:44, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am totally happy with a Merge to De-escalation#Military tactics. Did not consider that possibility but it makes sense. I've already migrated some of the content , but happy with whatever everyone thinks is best upon closure of this. — Shibbolethink(♔♕) 15:21, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Merge and redirect to Exit strategy, per El cid., Chagropango, and Bakkster Man. I agree that it is a more precise target. Sal2100 (talk) 21:59, 24 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Relisted to generate a more thorough discussion and clearer consensus. Relisting comment: We've got 2 different Merge targets proposed here. Please add new comments below this notice. Thanks, LizRead!Talk! 14:24, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
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