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.

Democratic Peace

Democratic peace

An Iraqi woman casts her ballot in Fallujah on 20 June 2013. Democratic peace theory suggests that such elections have important consequences for international conflict.

Source: Associated Press

In his 1994 State of the Union address, President Bill Clinton said that “ultimately, the best strategy to ensure our security and to build a durable peace is to support the advance of democracy elsewhere. Democracies don’t attack each other” (Clinton 1994). Similarly, President George W. Bush stated in a 2004 press conference that “the reason why I’m so strong on democracy is democracies don’t go to war with each other. And the reason why is the people of most societies don’t like war, and ...

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