This book asks scholars to reexamine international conflict and its management—in order to move the field toward directly theorizing about and examining the interdependence between conflict events and conflict management attempts.
Despite decades of work, research on international conflict and its management remains siloed in three fundamental ways. First, scholars do not thoroughly address international conflict dynamics within studies of conflict management, even though the former give rise to the latter. Second, existing work generally investigates one conflict management strategy (e.g., mediation) at the expense of others (e.g., adjudication). These strategies, however, are not independent of one another; they exist on a single menu from which potential third parties choose. Third parties therefore implicitly—if not explicitly—consider and select among the various strategies when deciding how to manage a conflict, thereby inviting and incorporating comparisons. Finally, researchers tend to treat conflict management efforts—even within the same conflict—as independent events, even though some efforts (e.g., adjudication or arbitration) follow and explicitly relate to other, earlier efforts (e.g., an earlier negotiation or mediation). In short, elements of sequencing and interaction influence conflict management, even as scholars rarely consider such elements.
This book will be of great value to scholars and researchers of Political Science, International Relations and Conflict Management and Resolution. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of International Interactions.
1. Making trains from boxcars: studying conflict and conflict management interdependencies
Andrew P. Owsiak, J. Michael Greig and Paul F. Diehl
2. Conflict management trajectories: theory and evidence
Andrew P. Owsiak
3. Examining conflict management technique sequences in international claims
Zorzeta Bakaki and Marius Mehrl
4. Helping without hurting: ameliorating the negative effects of humanitarian assistance on civil wars through mediation
J. Michael Greig
5. The business of peace: understanding corporate contributions to conflict management
Molly M. Melin
6. Extant commitment, risk, and UN peacekeeping authorization
Rebecca Cordell, Thorin Wright and Paul F. Diehl
7. United Nations peace initiatives 1946-2015: introducing a new dataset
Govinda Clayton, Han Dorussen and Tobias Böhmelt
8. Interactions among conflict management techniques: extending the breadth and depth of the framework
Daniel Druckman and Susan Allen