International Conflict: Logic and Evidence

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence

by Stephen L. Quackenbush

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International Conflict: Logic and Evidence by Stephen L. Quackenbush

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is based on the premise that proper understanding of international conflict – a necessary prerequisite for achieving peace – can come only from logic and evidence, not from opinion and anecdote. This groundbreaking book introduces students to international conflict’s key theories and empirical research. Throughout the text, author Stephen L. Quackenbush, Ph.D., gives examples that enable readers to see the theory in real-world events, and provides the data from the most recent research. Covering the entire process of interstate war, from causes of conflict to escalation, conduct, resolution, and recurrence, the book provides readers with a fascinating, thorough study that will help them understand how international conflict works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483322728
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Stephen L. Quackenbush is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri. His research and teaching focuses on international conflict. Specific areas of interest include understanding the dynamics of deterrence, the effect of settlements on recurrent conflict, and the effect of strategy and other factors on war outcomes. He is the author of Understanding General Deterrence: Theory and Application, and his research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and Review of International Studies. He served as an Army officer, including a year in Iraq in 2004, receiving the Bronze Star Medal.

Table of Contents

Part I: Foundations
Chapter 1: The Scientific Study of War
What Is Science?
The Scientific and Classical Approaches
Levels of Analysis
Dangerous Dyads
A Process Model of War
Key Concepts
Chapter 2: Identifying Wars and Militarized Disputes
International Conflict in the Past Two Centuries
Defining War
Militarized Interstate Disputes
Other Measures of International Conflict
Key Concepts
Chapter 3: Rational Choice Theory
Expected Utility Theory
Game Theory
Bargaining Model of War
Key Concepts
Part II: Causes of War and Militarized Disputes
Chapter 4: Contiguity and Territory
Contiguity and International Conflict
Identifying Opportunity for Conflict
Territorial Issues and International Conflict
Key Concepts
Chapter 5: Power
Defining and Measuring Power
Polarity and Stability
Offense-Defense Balance
Power Transition Theory
Key Concepts
Chapter 6: Alliances
Types of Alliances
Why Do States Form Alliances?
Drawbacks of Alliances
Measuring Shared Interests
Alliances and Conflict
Key Concepts
Chapter 7: Democratic Peace
Empirical Findings Regarding the Democratic Peace
Explaining the Democratic Peace
The Kantian Triangle
Alternative Explanations
Key Concepts
Chapter 8: Deterrence
Types of Deterrence
Classical Deterrence Theory
Perfect Deterrence Theory
Key Concepts
Chapter 9: Escalation of Disputes to War
Patterns of Escalation
Contextual Factors Leading to Escalation
Strategy, Interaction, and Escalation
Key Concepts
Part III: The Conduct and Aftermath of War
Chapter 10: Military Doctrine and Strategy
The Study of Warfare
Military Strategy
Principles of War
Modeling Combat
Key Concepts
Chapter 11: Evolution of War
War Expansion
War Duration
War Outcomes
Key Concepts
Chapter 12: War Termination and Consequences
Bargaining and War Termination
Consequences of War
Key Concepts
Chapter 13: Recurrent Conflict and Rivalry
Recurrent Conflict
Settlements and Recurrent Conflict
International Rivalry
Key Concepts
Part IV: Conclusions
Chapter 14: What Have We Learned About War?
The Cumulation of Knowledge
The Importance of Theory
Key Concepts

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