Before the Last Domino: Refining Rivalry
37 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2016
Date Written: May 8, 2013
In this essay, I outline the concept of rivalry as it currently stands, its foundational elements and evolution, and I propose a broader conceptualization of rivalry that promises to explain armed conflict between states that previous models fail to recognize as resulting from rivalry. I evaluate the current working definitions and conceptualizations of interstate rivalry, and I outline the utility of the concept of rivalry for explaining conflict, asserting that, in seeking to explain conflict, rivalry cannot be defined only by conflict, as current authors continue to do.
Keywords: rivalry, conflict
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