- Subject index
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.
Chapter 4: Contiguity and Territory
Contiguity and Territory
Indian soldiers patrol the border with Pakistan in December 2013. India and Pakistan form one of the most conflict-prone contiguous dyads, and their relations are dominated by territorial issues over Kashmir.
Source: Associated Press
[Page 73]Why do countries engage in militarized disputes and wars against each other? This is an important question that is central to understanding international conflict and has dominated thinking about international relations over the years. The previous chapters—although shedding some light on the causes of international conflict—were focused more on preliminary topics such as the history of conflict and approaches to studying it. The next six chapters focus on prominent explanations of international conflict that try to answer ...