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A highway Map to battle advances the examine of geopolitics considerably and provides a well suited instance of cumulative and leading edge examine from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. (John O'Louglin) An surprisingly coherent set of essays. A street Map to struggle succeeds admirably in its goal of explaining the function that territory performs within the conceptualization, escalation, recurrence, solution, and way forward for militarized clash. (Harvey Starr) Territorial matters are commonly a primary portion of foreign clash. historical past is replete with examples, from negotiations approximately disputed borders to overt struggle over components wealthy with ordinary assets. certainly, the position of territorial concerns in clash among states is essentially assumed. even if, there was little scholarship committed particularly to the an important function of territoriality in foreign clash. A highway Map to warfare: Territorial Dimensions of foreign clash considers the position of territory within the initiation, evolution, escalation, and backbone of interstate clash and encompasses a lot of the state-of-the-art study within the quarter of geography and overseas clash. subject matters fluctuate from an exam of overseas legislation in territorial conflicts to an empirical research of the equity of the Camp David accords, yet all of the essays deal with a coherent subject matter: that conflicts concerning an important territorial part are extra harmful than different disputes, yet with the good news that such conflicts may be resolved peacefully. students of overseas clash, peace examine, and geography will locate this publication major for the examine and perform of diplomacy.

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First, many of the contributors to this book analyze the impact that territorial issues have on state behavior, but Senese also considers geographical contiguity, an important element of many writings on geopolitics and conflict. In addition, he focuses on the escalation of conflict, effectively considering how territorial issues and geographical proximity affect the bargaining behavior of states in militarized disputes. He confirms Hensel's findings that territorial disputes are more severe overall than are other conflicts, and he also notes that geographical contiguity contributes to greater severity (because it may be easier to project military force close to home).

The decline of territorial concerns in international conflict research roughly parallels the historical decline of colonialism and the age of empire building from the acquisition of terra nullis. As the twentieth century draws to a close, states are no longer seeking to gain new territories from colonialismindeed, most dependent territories have been relinquishedand few, if any, unclaimed, inhabitable Page ix parts of the world remain. Although territory, on the face of it, would seem less important to international relations now than in the past, a closer inspection reveals the continuing salience of geographical concerns in international conflict decisions.

Although such distinctions may be useful in classification, differentiating disputes on these kinds of dimensions has primarily served a descriptive, rather than a theoretical, function. Stephen Kocs (1995) makes the distinction between previously resolved and never-resolved disputes. Previously resolved disputes are something of a misnomer, in that the disputes may be ongoing, but some legal entitya treaty or some other agreementhas at one time established a boundary location or territorial ownership.

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