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Decomposing the Relationship Between Contiguity and Militarized Conflict

Reed, William and Chiba, Daina (2010) 'Decomposing the Relationship Between Contiguity and Militarized Conflict.' American Journal of Political Science, 54 (1). pp. 61-73. ISSN 0092-5853

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It is well known that the majority of militarized conflicts and wars have been fought by neighbors. Yet, much remains to be learned about the relationship between shared borders and militarized conflict. This article decomposes the effects of territorial contiguity into ex ante "observable" and "behavioral" effects. It provides powerful empirical evidence for the claim that although neighbors are more likely to experience conflict because of ex ante differences in observable variables such as economic interdependence, alliance membership, joint democracy, and the balance of military capabilities, most conflicts between neighbors occur because of differences in how neighbors and nonneighbors respond to the observable variables. © 2010, Midwest Political Science Association.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2013 11:11
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2022 11:39

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