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 1: The Scientific Study of War
The Scientific Study of War
American military commanders study a battle map in Italy in 1944. Like them, we are interested in studying war, although our methods are different.
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[Page 3]Since the Cold War, the United States has fought two wars against Iraq (in 1991 and 2003), invaded Afghanistan, and fought an aerial war against Serbia. It has also fought counterinsurgency campaigns in both Afghanistan and Iraq and had lesser military interventions in Libya, Haiti, Somalia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. There have, of course, been many more conflicts around the world that the United States has not been involved in. Why do these conflicts happen? Why do crises sometimes escalate to ...