This is a chapter by these two authors in Handbook of International Relations, edited by Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth A. Simmons. (pp. 480-499)   They begin the chapter by defining what a region is and what this term means. Defining regions: ...

Transitions in and of themselves are not dangerous. The Relative growth rates of rising and declining powers and the transitions themselves (when they are precisely equal) do not affect the probability of war. What matters is the risk acceptance of rising powe...

Point: The role of alliances in both power equality and power transition models has not been fully explored. The internal capabilities of a nation must be combined with the expected support from allies in order to get a clearer picture of the full capabilities...

Chapter: 11-12   The balance of power and policies aiming at its preservation are not only inevitable bur are an essential stabilizing factor in a society of sovereign nations; and the instability of the international balance of power is due not to the f...

Article defines the attributes of national alliance membership which tend to be associated with war participation.   Their results show that nations will be more apt to join their allies in a war when;   1)      Many of their allies are in the war,...

Point: Alliance formation is not associated with high levels of war.   There appears to be a fundamental difference in the character of alliances.   Alliances before Congress of Vienna (1815) were offensive while after that alliances are defensive ...

Point: Alliances do influence the probability of MIDs but the direction of that influence depends on the content of the treaty.   The article argues that we should disaggregate the alliances depending on their content rather than considering all of them ...

Alliance Norms and War

Charles Kegley, Gregory A. Raymond 10.05.2017 22:15 International Relations Interstate conflict

Point: How alliances are viewed legally within the international community can provide insight on why nations break alliances or honor them and how bound they feel by their treaties and how this relates to war. The conclusions of this study are that warfare is...

An enduring rivalry is a competition between states that involve six or more militarized disputes between the same two states around 1960 might be associated with the onset of new rivalries.   Political shocks were found to be a modest necessary conditio...

Rather than assume all actors are equally likely to engage in conflictual relations, a focus on rivalries permits analysts to focus in turn on the relatively small handful of actors who are the ones most likely to generate conflict vastly disproportionate to t...