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Geography, Territory, and Conflict  

Steven V. Miller, Jaroslav Tir, and John A. Vasquez

Print publication date:
Mar 2010
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Traditional, structural theories of international relations may have eschewed the importance of geography and territory to understanding international conflict, but the past 50 years of ... More

Intelligence in War  

John Ferris

Print publication date:
Mar 2010
Online publication date:
Jan 2018
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Security Studies
A large literature has emerged on intelligence and war which integrates the topics and techniques of two disciplines: strategic studies and military history. The literature on intelligence ... More

Peace: A Conceptual Survey  

Paul F. Diehl

Online publication date:
Apr 2019
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Security Studies
Peace is an elusive concept with many different meanings. Traditionally, it has been equated with the absence of war or violence, but such “negative peace” has limited value as it lumps ... More

Peace Studies and (Counter)Terrorism  

Valentina Bartolucci

Online publication date:
Mar 2019
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Security Studies
Scholarly attention on both Peace Studies (PS) and contemporary security issues, in particular “terrorism” and “counterterrorism,” is notable and has been growing in recent decades. Several ... More

The Political Economy of Violent Conflict Within States  

Achim Wennmann

Online publication date:
Feb 2019
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Political Economy, Security Studies
The political economy of violent conflict is a body of literature that investigates how economic issues and interests shape the dynamics associated to violent conflict after the Cold War. ... More

Private Military and Security Companies  

Berenike Prem and Elke Krahmann

Print publication date:
Mar 2010
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Ethics, Foreign Policy, Security Studies
While early private military and security companies (PMSCs) were likened to mercenaries, today most scholars agree that PMSCs constitute a new phenomenon. They are organized as legitimate ... More

Russian Security and Nuclear Policies: Successor to the Superpower Arsenal?  

Mariya Y. Omelicheva

Print publication date:
Jun 2011
Online publication date:
Dec 2017
Oxford Research Encyclopedia:
Conflict Studies, Security Studies
The Cold War was a period of hostilities between the United States and the Soviet Union as the two superpowers engaged in a nuclear arms race. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, some ... More

United Nations Peacekeeping and Civil Conflict  

Timothy J. A. Passmore

Online publication date:
Jun 2020
UN peacekeeping serves as the foremost international tool for conflict intervention and peace management. Since the Cold War, these efforts have almost exclusively targeted conflicts ... More

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