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Strategic Rivalries in World Politics Position, Space and Conflict Escalation

ISBN-10: 0521707617
ISBN-13: 9780521707619
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

International conflict is neither random nor inexplicable. It is highly structured by antagonisms between a relatively small set of states that regard each other as rivals. Examining the 173 strategic rivalries in operation throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book identifies the differences rivalries make in the probability of conflict escalation and analyzes how they interact with serial crises, arms races, alliances and capability advantages. The authors distinguish between rivalries concerning territorial disagreement (space) and rivalries concerning status and influence (position) and show how each leads to markedly different patterns of conflict escalation. They argue that rivals are more likely to engage in international conflict with their antagonists than non-rival pairs of states and conclude with an assessment of whether we can expect democratic peace, economic development and economic interdependence to constrain rivalry-induced conflict.

Michael P. Colaresi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University.

Karen Rasler is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University.

About Strategic Rivalries
An introduction to strategic rivalries
Defining and identifying strategic rivalries
Describing strategic rivalries
The Dangers of Strategic Rivalries: Crisis Behavior and Escalation
Protracted conflict and crisis escalation
Serial crisis behavior and escalatory risks
Playing to Type: Spatial and Positional Issues in Strategic Rivalries
Contiguity, space and position in the major power subsystem
Initiating and escalating positional and spatial rivalries
Filling in Some Steps to War
Arms buildups and alliances in the steps-to-war theory
Contested territory and conflict escalation
Strategic Rivalries and Conflict
Inducements, facilitators, and suppressors

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