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International Conflict

International Conflict
Logic and Evidence

Bring scientific research-based findings to the study of international conflict

September 2014 | 360 pages | CQ Press

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 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.

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  

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a superb introduction to the ideas and apparatus of the conflict processes field. The book covers the entire process of war in a succinct way. By the last page, students have a basic familiarity with offense and defensive realism, stability, and polarity, expected utility theory, and other major areas of the literature.” 

Patrick James
University of Southern California

“Quackenbush has written a highly readable and intellectually stimulating book. I have no doubt that students will find the content useful for advancing their understanding of warfare. Equally importantly, the book’s emphasis on explaining the scientific method and carefully delineating various approaches to scientific research make it especially useful. Indeed, the book helps readers understand how the social sciences ‘do’ science, which is one of its most unique and appealing features.”

Bruce W. Dayton
Syracuse University

International Conflict: Logic and Evidence is a textbook that could serve as both a text and also a great reference for original research. It collects and generalizes some of the most focused and important research topics in the scientific study of war over the past thirty years (at least).”

Brent Steele
University of Utah

Very good book for both business and history students. Would thoroughly recommend this text. Not currently in the library but will recommend it is.

Mr Matthew Hirst
Arts, Business and Social Science, University Campus Suffolk
November 24, 2014

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