Bones of Contention

  title={Bones of Contention},
  author={Paul R. Hensel and Sara McLaughlin Mitchell and Thomas E. Sowers and Clayton Thyne},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={117 - 143}
Contentious issues are important sources of militarized conflict. This article advances an issue-based approach to world politics, focusing on disagreements over territory, maritime zones, and cross-border rivers. We characterize militarized conflict and peaceful techniques as substitutable foreign policy tools that states can adopt to resolve disagreements over issues, and we present hypotheses to account for issue management based on issue salience and recent interaction over the same issue… 

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