The Strategy of Territorial Conflict

  title={The Strategy of Territorial Conflict},
  author={David B. Carter},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • David B. Carter
  • Published 2010
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Political Science
Many empirical studies have found that disputes over territory are central to the outbreak and intensity of the majority of interstate military conflict. However, the existing literature lacks an explicit theoretical link between the role territory plays in disputes and the outbreak of violence as well as an exploration of how the control of territory is related to conventional military capabilities. This article demonstrates that the targets of territorial claims can consolidate their control… Expand

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