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 13: Recurrent Conflict and Rivalry

Recurrent Conflict and Rivalry

Recurrent conflict and rivalry

A Taiwanese lieutenant colonel shows a satellite photograph of a military base in China’s eastern province of Jiangxi. Both sides in the China-Taiwan dyad, which has been plagued by recurrent conflict and rivalry, have built up their arms in recent years.

Source: © Richard Chung/Reuters/Corbis

In the previous chapter, we examined the termination and consequences of war. War has a variety of political, economic, and social consequences at both the domestic and international levels. One consequence that a conflict can have is that it leads to further conflict. Thus, from the new postconflict context, new conflicts of interest may arise or previous ones can remain unresolved, and from these, ...

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