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Peaceful Dyads: A Territorial Perspective

CIS Seminar Series

CIS welcomes John A. Vasquez, the Thomas B. Mackie Scholar and Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This guest lecture is chaired by CIS Director Patrick James

ABSTRACT: Professor Vasquez' paper tests the proposition that peaceful dyads consist of those that do not have territorial disputes. Dyads that have at least one militarized interstate dispute (MID) from 1816-2001 are compared on the basis of those that have never gone to war to those that have gone to war at least once. The former are predicted to consist of dyads that do not have territorial disputes. This hypothesis is also compared with the democratic peace claim that peaceful dyads are those consisting of joint democracies. The relative impact of the territorial peace and democratic peace hypotheses are assessed. The analysis is conducted on the 1816-1945, 1946-1989, and 1990-2001 periods.

BIO: John Vasquez is the Thomas B. Mackie Scholar in International Relations. He has been president of the Peace Science Society (International) and the International Studies Association. His research expertise is international relations theory, war and conflict, and peace science. His scholarly articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, IO, Journal of Politics, International Political Science Review, Conflict Management and Peace Science among others. He is currently or has been on the editorial boards of the International Studies Quarterly, World Politics, International History Review, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Politics, and several others. His current research project on the steps to war has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Finland.

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