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Lecture 5 : What is War? 24 January 2010
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Conceptualizing War “A war is an event involving the organized  use of military force by at least two parties  that satisfies some minimum threshold of  severity.” (Frieden, Lake and Schultz,  p.86) Rules out spontaneous, disorganized violence Distinguishes war from one-sided mass killing Excludes cases of low level military force Interstate wars, Civil wars, Extra-state  wars
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Operationalizing War, I Legal Definitions : war is observed when  states make legal declarations of war  against each other. Major problem is that since creation of the  UN, no states declare war against each other  anymore So, Brazil v. Nazi Germany in 1945 is a “war”,  but US v. North Vietnam in 1965 is not
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Operationalizing War, II Casualty-Level Definition : Correlates of  War (COW) Project defines war as: Between 2 states
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