This volume evaluates the state of the art in conflict studies. Original chapters by leading scholars survey theoretical and empirical research on the origins, processes, patterns, and consequences of most forms and contexts of political conflict, protest, repression, and rebellion. Contributors examine key pillars of conflict studies, including civil war, religious conflict, ethnic conflict, transnational conflict, terrorism, revolution, genocide, climate change, and several investigations into the role of the state. The research questions guiding the text include inquiries into the interactions between the rulers and the ruled, authorities and challengers, cooperation and conflict, accommodation and resistance, and the changing context of conflict from the local to the global.

part |13 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

States and Peoples in Conflict

Pillars, Forms, and Transformations in Conflict Studies
ByMark I. Lichbach, Peter Nils Grabosky, Michael Stohl

part I|135 pages

Pillars of Conflict

chapter 2|15 pages


The Nexus Between Grievances and Conflict 1
ByVictor Asal, Kathleen Deloughery

chapter 3|18 pages

Liberalism 1

The Role of Modern Liberalism
ByMark I. Lichbach

chapter 4|22 pages


Influences on Domestic and International Relations
ByJonathan Fox

chapter 5|23 pages

Political Authority

Assessing the State of the “State” in Recent Cross-National Empirical Research
ByKeith Jaggers

chapter 6|18 pages

Dynamics and Processes

Linkages Between Internal and External Conflict
ByHarvey Starr, Marc V. Simon

chapter 7|17 pages

Climate Change and Armed Conflict 1

Reviewing the Evidence
ByOle Magnus Theisen, Nils Petter Gleditsch, Halvard Buhaug

chapter 8|20 pages

Comparative and Historical Studies of Crime 1

Trends, Patterns, Contexts
ByPeter Nils Grabosky

part II|121 pages

Forms of Conflict

chapter 9|15 pages


Situations, Structure, and Dispositions as an Analytical Framework for Studying Terrorism
ByScott Englund, Michael Stohl

chapter 10|16 pages


Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers
ByColin J. Beck

chapter 11|24 pages

State Failure

The Problem of Complex Societal-Systems
ByMonty G. Marshall, Benjamin R. Cole

chapter 12|23 pages

Genocide and Political Mass Murder

Definitions, Theories, Analyses
ByBarbara Harff

chapter 13|22 pages

Transnational Conflict

Normative Struggles and Globalization: The Case of Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia and Ecuador
ByPamela Martin, Franke Wilmer

chapter 14|19 pages

Wars, Civil Wars, and Armed Conflict

Patterns, Trends, and Analytic Paradigms
ByPeter Wallensteen

part |20 pages


chapter 15|18 pages

The Future of Conflict Studies 1

ByTed Robert Gurr