Political Science - Formulating Hypothesis
I am trying to formulate a hypothesis based on the recent economic sanctions against Russia. From this, I derived the research question: "Do intensive, short-term economic sanctions against a target country result in a noticeable reduction of their aggressive policy and/or behaviour?"
The DV's I took from the research question are: State hostile behavior, State aggressive policy.
The IV's I took from the research question are: Economic sanctions (variants, amount), Intensity of sanctions (damage inflicted; monetary), Length of sanctions (time).
I am attempting to formulate a hypothesis from this. However, I fear my draft is either not specific enough, overly long, or does not state the relationship between variables correctly.
My draft is as follows: "The shorter the expected length of the economic sanctions, the greater the variance, amount, and intensity of economic sanctions must be to result in a noticeable reduction in hostile behaviour and aggressive foreign policy by the target country."
Is there any better way to write this? Are my variables correct? Please feel free to criticize everything; it can only help me learn. Thank you.