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The Aftermaths of Civil Conflicts  

Jaclyn M. Johnson and Clayton L. Thyne

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May 2017
The devastating Syrian civil war that began after the Arab Spring in 2011 has reminded the international community of the many consequences of civil war. However, this conflict is simply ... More

American Pragmatism in Foreign Policy Analysis  

Ulrich Franke and Gunther Hellmann

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Sep 2017
This article examines scholarship in the field of foreign policy analysis inspired by the philosophy and social theory of American Pragmatism. Pragmatism is reconstructed as a unified ... More

Arms Buildups and the Use of Military Force  

David F. Mitchell and Jeffrey Pickering

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Jul 2017
The empirical literature on arms buildups and the use of interstate military force has advanced considerably over the last half century. Research has largely confirmed that a relationship ... More

The Balance of Power in World Politics  

Randall L. Schweller

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May 2016
The balance of power—a notoriously slippery, murky, and protean term, endlessly debated and variously defined—is the core theory of international politics within the realist perspective. A ... More

Climate Change in Foreign Policy  

Amy Below

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Jul 2017
Climate change emerged in the late 20th century as a topic of global concern and thus a prominent foreign policy issue. Academic scholarship on the international community’s response to ... More

Cognitive Approaches to Foreign Policy Analysis  

Aaron Rapport

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Mar 2017
Cognitive theory encompasses mental activities such as the observation of different stimuli in an environment; the memorization and recall of information; pattern recognition and problem ... More

The Common Foreign and Security Policy  

Hylke Dijkstra and Sophie Vanhoonacker

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Jan 2017
The member states of the European Union (EU) coordinate, define, and implement foreign policy in the context of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). This policy area, often ... More

Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis  

Jeffrey S. Lantis and Ryan Beasley

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May 2017
Comparative foreign policy analysis (CFP) is a vibrant and dynamic subfield of international relations. It examines foreign policy decision making processes related to momentous events as ... More

Constructing a General Model Accounting for Interstate Rivalry Termination  

William R. Thompson

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Jul 2017
Unlike many topics in international relations, a large number of models characterize interstate rivalry termination processes. But many of these models tend to focus on different parts of ... More

Decision Making Theories in Foreign Policy Analysis  

Alex Mintz and Amnon Sofrin

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Oct 2017
Key theories of foreign policymaking include: the rational actor model, prospect theory, poliheuristic theory, cybernetic theory, bureaucratic politics, and organizational politics; and, ... More

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