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The War Puzzle

Author: John A. Vasquez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521366748

Category: Political Science

Page: 378

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This book constructs a new scientific explanation of the causes of war. The author describes systematically those factors common to wars between equal states to see if there is a pattern that suggests why war occurs and delineates the typical path by which relatively equal states have become embroiled in wars with one another in the modern global system. The book differs from others in that it employs the large number of empirical findings generated in the past twenty-five years to solve the puzzle of war and peace.

The War Puzzle Revisited

Author: John A. Vasquez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 052188179X

Category: History

Page: 477

View: 5695

John Vasquez's The War Puzzle provided one of the most important scientific analyses of the causes of war. The War Puzzle Revisited updates and extends his groundbreaking work, constructing a scientific explanation of the onset and expansion of war and the conditions of peace.

Solving the War Puzzle

Beyond the Democratic Peace

Author: John Norton Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 184

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Mankind has been struggling since Thucydides to understand the origins of war. Within the last quarter-century, however, many of the pieces of the war puzzle have begun to fall into place. This book builds on the available evidence and offers an important original theory as to the cause of war and means for its control. In doing so, the book simultaneously offers a new theory of international relations, bridging the gap between classical realism and idealism in international relations. The author, a former United States Ambassador, directs the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia and was the founding Chairman of the United States Institute of Peace.

Confrontation, Strategy and War Termination

Britain's Conflict with Indonesia

Author: Christopher Tuck

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317162102

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 264

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At the heart of this book is the problem of war termination. Britain won an almost unbroken string of tactical military victories during an undeclared war against the Republic of Indonesia in the 1960s, yet it proved difficult to translate this into strategic success. Using conflict termination theories, this book argues that British strategy during Confrontation was both exemplary and flawed, both of which need not be mutually exclusive. The British experience in Indonesia represents an illuminating case study of the difficulties associated with strategy and the successful termination of conflicts. The value of this book lies in two areas: as a contribution to the literature on British counter-insurgency operations and as a contribution to the debates on the problems of war termination in the context of strategic thought.

Theories of International Relations and Northern Ireland

Author: Timothy J. White

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526113953

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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This book uses the case of Northern Ireland to evaluate theoretical approaches in international relations. It investigates the process of negotiation that led to the signing of the Good Friday or Belfast Agreement and the continuing challenges to peace reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Incorporating the work of leading scholars, it explores a wide range of topics, including the function of deception in promoting peace, the question of partition and how it was reimagined by nationalists such as John Hume, and how the decommissioning process led to a role in internal policing for paramilitaries. The influence of outside actors - notably the United States and the European Union - is also considered, along with the involvement of the Catholic Church and the marginalization of women. This book will be important for academics interested in theories of international relations and to a wider public interested in understanding the Northern Ireland peace process.

The Iraq War

European Perspectives on Politics, Strategy and Operations

Author: Jan Hallenberg,Håkan Karlsson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113422964X

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 804

We are living amidst the fallout of the most controversial conflict of our times. This book is a tough examination of how and why it was fought and of its continuing effects. This major new work contains analysis of the Iraq War from several different academic, as well as military perspectives. Its emphasis is on the links between US foreign policy, US strategy and the US conduct of war and it also covers Iraqi grand strategies, the consequences of the War for transatlantic relations, and includes a chapter on the International Law dimension. In scrutinzing the war and the behaviour of its main parties, the editors draw upon international relations, political science, strategic thought and military theory, plus international law and media studies. For those wishing to understand the Iraq war from a very wide range of rigorous perspectives, this is a must-read.

Gendering Global Conflict

Toward a Feminist Theory of War

Author: Laura Sjoberg

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231148607

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

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Laura Sjoberg positions gender and gender subordination as key factors in the making and fighting of global conflict. Through the lens ofgender, she examines the meaning, causes, practices, and experiences of war, building a more inclusive approach to the analysis of violent conflict between states. Considering war at the international, state, substate, and individual levels, Sjoberg's feminist perspective elevates a number of causal variables in war decision-making. These include structural gender inequality, cycles of gendered violence, state masculine posturing, the often overlooked role of emotion in political interactions, gendered understandings of power, and states' mistaken perception of their own autonomy and unitary nature.Gendering Global Conflict also calls attention to understudied spaces that can be sites of war, such as the workplace, the household, and even the bedroom. Her findings show gender to be a linchpin of even the most tedious and seemingly bland tactical and logistical decisions in violent conflict. Armed with that information, Sjoberg undertakes the task of redefining and reintroducing critical readings of war's political, economic, and humanitarian dimensions, developing the beginnings of a feminist theory of war.

To War in a Red Subaru

A Memoir. a Volunteer's Chronicle of the Yom Kippur War Between Stories and Dreams

Author: Adolfo Neufeld

Publisher: Jorge Pinto Books Inc.

ISBN: 1934978183

Category: Israel-Arab War, 1973

Page: 286

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Neufeld, an American immigrant from Argentina, relates his experiences as a compulsive volunteer in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 when a massive attack of Arab armies threatened Israel's survival.

A Guide for Using the War with Grandpa in the Classroom

Author: Karen Leiviska

Publisher: Teacher Created Resources

ISBN: 1576903346

Category: Education

Page: 48

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Lesson plans for using the novel The War With Grandpa in the classroom. Gives teachers curriculum ideas, unit tests, vocabulary and critical thinking lessons.

Conflict, War, and Peace

An Introduction to Scientific Research

Author: Sara McLaughlin Mitchell,John A. Vasquez

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483322106

Category: Political Science

Page: 440

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Introducing students to the scientific study of peace and war, Conflict, War, and Peace: An Introduction to Scientific Research, edited by Sara McLaughlin Mitchell and John A. Vasquez, provides an overview of current scholarship in this dynamic area of study. Focusing on the factors that shape relationships between countries and that make war or peace more likely, this collection of articles by top scholars explores such key topics as dangerous dyads, alliances, territorial disputes, rivalry, arms races, democracy peace, trade, international organizations, territorial peace, and nuclear weapons. Each article is followed by the editors’ commentary: a “Major Contributions” section highlights the article’s theoretical advances and relates each study to the broader literature, while a “Methodological Notes” section carefully walks students through the techniques used in the analysis. Methodological topics include research design, percentages, probabilities, odds ratios, statistical significance, levels of analysis, selection bias, logic, duration models, and game theory models.

War on Sacred Grounds

Author: Ron E. Hassner

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801460401

Category: Political Science

Page: 248

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Sacred sites offer believers the possibility of communing with the divine and achieving deeper insight into their faith. Yet their spiritual and cultural importance can lead to competition as religious groups seek to exclude rivals from practicing potentially sacrilegious rituals in the hallowed space and wish to assert their own claims. Holy places thus create the potential for military, theological, or political clashes, not only between competing religious groups but also between religious groups and secular actors. In War on Sacred Grounds, Ron E. Hassner investigates the causes and properties of conflicts over sites that are both venerated and contested; he also proposes potential means for managing these disputes. Hassner illustrates a complex and poorly understood political dilemma with accounts of the failures to reach settlement at Temple Mount/Haram el-Sharif, leading to the clashes of 2000, and the competing claims of Hindus and Muslims at Ayodhya, which resulted in the destruction of the mosque there in 1992. He also addresses more successful compromises in Jerusalem in 1967 and Mecca in 1979. Sacred sites, he contends, are particularly prone to conflict because they provide valuable resources for both religious and political actors yet cannot be divided. The management of conflicts over sacred sites requires cooperation, Hassner suggests, between political leaders interested in promoting conflict resolution and religious leaders who can shape the meaning and value that sacred places hold for believers. Because a reconfiguration of sacred space requires a confluence of political will, religious authority, and a window of opportunity, it is relatively rare. Drawing on the study of religion and the study of politics in equal measure, Hassner's account offers insight into the often-violent dynamics that come into play at the places where religion and politics collide.

Remapping Global Politics

History's Revenge and Future Shock

Author: Yale H. Ferguson,Richard W. Mansbach

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521549912

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

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An attempt to redraw our mental maps of global politics through the prism of 'post-internationalism'.

War and Gender

How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa

Author: Joshua S. Goldstein

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521001809

Category: History

Page: 523

View: 2879

Includes statistics.

Weapons for Peace, Weapons for War

The Effect of Arms Transfers on War Outbreak, Involvement and Outcomes

Author: Cassady B. Craft

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135961549

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle

A Guide for Decision Makers

Author: Boaz Ganor

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412809010

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 6726

The expansion and escalation of global terrorism has left populations across the world and decision-makers responsible for contending with it unprepared. This book is the first attempt of its kind to create a manual of counter-terrorism measures on all the relevant operational levels. The author's main purpose is to give decision-makers the tools to make rational and effective decisions in both preventing and countering terrorism. The need to contend with terrorism can be found in almost every sphere of life: security, prevention and suppression of terrorism, legal and ethical dilemmas regarding democratic issues, such as the individual's human rights, intelligence interrogations, the right of the public to know, as well as coping with social, psychological, and media-related issues.

Realizing Peace

A Constructive Conflict Approach

Author: Louis Kriesberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266422

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

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Early work in conflict resolution and peace research focused on why wars broke out, why they persisted, and why peace agreements failed to endure. Later research has focused on what actions and circumstances have actually averted destructive escalations, stopped the perpetuation of destructive conduct, produced a relatively good conflict transformation, or resulted in an enduring and relatively equitable relationship among former adversaries. This later research, which began in the 1950s, recognizes that conflict is inevitable and is often waged in the name of rectifying injustice. Additionally, it argues that damages can be minimized and gains maximized for various stakeholders in waging and settling conflicts. This theory, which is known as the constructive conflict approach, looks at how conflicts can be waged and resolved so they are broadly beneficial rather than mutually destructive. In this book, Louis Kriesberg, one of the major figures in the school of constructive conflict, looks at major foreign conflict episodes in which the United States has been involved since the onset of the Cold War to analyze when American involvement in foreign conflicts has been relatively effective and beneficial and when it has not. In doing so he analyzes whether the US took constructive approaches to conflict and whether the approach yielded better consequences than more traditional coercive approaches. Realizing Peace helps readers interested in engaging or learning about foreign policy to better understand what has happened in past American involvement in foreign conflicts, to think freshly about better alternatives, and to act in support of more constructive strategies in the future.

European International Relations 1648-1815

Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137223928

Category: History

Page: 288

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Offering a thought provoking combination of analysis and chronological coverage, European International Relations 1648-1815 provides an up-to-date treatment of a crucial period in the development of European international relations. Jeremy Black's determined engagement with events in Eastern Europe redresses the general tendency to focus on Western Europe. In theoretical terms, there is a criticism of deterministic, structural and systemic accounts, and an explicit attempt to discuss developments in terms of the contemporary political culture. There is also a consideration of Europe's changing position in the world. European International Relations 1648-1815 draws on wide ranging archival research, presenting it in an accessible fashion, which will appeal to all students of this fascinating area.

Responding to Environmental Conflicts: Implications for Theory and Practice

Author: Eileen Petzold-Bradley,Alexander Carius,Arpád Vincze

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401003955

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 4296

A comprehensive tour d'horizon of the debate on the environment and security, focusing on the various policy options for building peace and preventing environmental conflict. Experts from the areas survey the key environmental challenges in Eastern and Central European states and those of the former Soviet Union, extending the debate to such regions as the Balkans, the Black Sea and Central Europe. This is the first time such extensive case study research has been reported for these regions. Both practical and theoretical approaches to the debate are presented, within a multi-disciplinary framework, the contributors ranging from academic experts involved with peace and conflict research to actual policy makers active in the fields of environmental and security policy. Readership: Experts already working in the relevant disciplines, both academic and governmental, as well as those seeking an introduction to the various policy fields. A graduate-level study text, excellent survey for policy makers and an academic contribution to ongoing studies.

China's Ascent

Power, Security, and the Future of International Politics

Author: Robert S. Ross,Zhu Feng

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801456983

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

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Assessments of China's importance on the world stage usually focus on a single dimension of China's increasing power, rather than on the multiple sources of China's rise, including its economic might and the continuing modernization of its military. This book offers multiple analytical perspectives—constructivist, liberal, neorealist—on the significance of the many dimensions of China's regional and global influence. Distinguished authors consider the likelihood of conflict and peaceful accommodation as China grows ever stronger. They look at the changing position of China "from the inside": How do Chinese policymakers evaluate the contemporary international order and what are the regional and global implications of that worldview? The authors also address the implications of China's increasing power for Chinese policymaking and for the foreign policies of Korea, Japan, and the United States. Contributors: Robert Art, Brandeis University; Avery Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania; G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University; Byung-Kook Kim, Korea University; Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell University; Jeffrey W. Legro, University of Virginia; Jack S. Levy, Rutgers University; Qin Yaqing, China Foreign Affairs University; Robert S. Ross, Boston College; Akio Takahara, University of Tokyo; Tang Shiping, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Wei Ling, China Foreign Affairs University; Zhu Feng, Peking University

What Do We Know about War?

Author: John A. Vasquez

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847699278

Category: Political Science

Page: 420

View: 4651

What Do We Know about War? reviews the causes of war and the conditions of peace. Drawing analyses from the thirty-five year history of this discipline, leading researchers explore the roles played by alliances, territory, arms races, interstate rivalries, capability, and crisis bargaining in increasing the probability of war. They emphasize international norms and the recent finding that democratic states do not fight each other as factors that promote peace. This book offers an accessible and up-to-date overview of current knowledge and an agenda for future research.

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