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Several dramatic changes in international relations at the end of the 20th century seemed to suggest that rivalries (and the conflicts that often result) between states were receding. The Soviet-U.S. Cold War ended, but the Indo-Pakistani feud refuses to go away. Argentina and Britain seem most unlikely to fight again over the Falklands, but North and South Korea persist in maintaining their hostile divided status. The question remains therefore—is conflict increasing or decreasing? To answer that question, it is important to first understand how the rivalry processes—and therefore the genesis of conflict—work. Handbook to International Rivalries examines the roughly 200 strategic rivalries—two states that view each other as threatening competitors to the point that they categorize their antagonists as enemies—that have been responsible for ...

Chapter Five: Middle East, North Africa/Maghreb, and Southwest Eurasian Rivalries
Chapter Five: Middle East, North Africa/Maghreb, and southwest Eurasian rivalries

Middle Eastern rivalries have increased in number but the peak was not attained before the 1980s (see Table 5.1 and Figure 5.1). The number of active rivalries has declined since then but there appear to be various sources of resistance to winding down rivalries in ...

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