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War Outcomes in Historical Perspective

"War Outcomes in Historical Perspective" with guest speaker, Page Fortna, Columbia University, Political Science Department. Burkle Seminar on Global Affairs, May 20, 2004

Recent wars have increasingly ended in draws, rather than victories for one side.  This holds both for civil and interstate wars.  Different explanations have been proposed are tested, and one possibility that fits the data is the rise of the institution of peacekeeping.  A more subtle reason might be a growing norm against acquiring territory and a lower emphasis on the signing of peace treaties.

The Seminar on Global Affairs is held roughly every two weeks and emphasizes interdisciplinary topics and includes scholars from other social sciences as well as public policy and law.

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