The author thanks Scott Gartner, Zeev Maoz, Kyle Beardsley, Brad Jones, Jo Andrews, Renatto Corbetta, Leo Blanken, Jacob Bercovitch, Gunes Tezcur, Vincent Mahler, Alexandru Grigorescu, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments. The participants of the Journeys in World Politics workshop and members of the Working Group on Conflict Prevention also provided helpful suggestions. Sara McKeever, Andrea Morrison, and Jacob Hogan provided valuable research assistance. The Folke Bernadotte Academy provided financial support for the project.
The Impact of State Relationships on If, When, and How Conflict Management Occurs1
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
© 2011 International Studies Association
International Studies Quarterly
Volume 55, Issue 3, pages 691–715, September 2011
How to Cite
Melin, M. M. (2011), The Impact of State Relationships on If, When, and How Conflict Management Occurs. International Studies Quarterly, 55: 691–715. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2011.00665.x
- Issue published online: 12 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
This paper examines if, when, and how states act to manage militarized disputes. I argue that the relationship between the third party and disputants, the management history, and the characteristics of the conflict help us understand when management occurs and the management techniques employed. I find substantial evidence that biased third parties are quick to offer management services and to employ economic and diplomatic techniques. Conditions that increase the perceived probability of conflict resolution, such as previous conflict management, and factors that lower the cost of conflict management, such as costly conflict, lead to the timely use of diplomatic and verbal techniques. The findings offer significant contributions to both the conflict management and alliance literatures.