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 2: Identifying Wars and Militarized Disputes

Identifying Wars and Militarized Disputes

Identifying wars and militarized disputes

Afghan fighters battling alongside the United States rest at a former al-Qaida base near Tora Bora in 2001 behind a string of ammunition found after the retreat of al-Qaida members from the area. While the interstate portion of the Afghanistan War lasted less than three months, the insurgency that followed (an extrastate war) has endured for more than a decade.

Source: Associated Press

We are interested in understanding international conflict—the entire process of war, from its outbreak to the evolution of war itself, as well as the outcomes and consequences of war. Because this book focuses on scientific understanding, it is necessarily focused on various theories of ...

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