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The Causes of War
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War Violence among actors to destroy or coerce  opponents. Civil (within states). International (between states). At least 1,000 battle deaths. Continuation of policy by other means. Clausewitz. International conflict: incongruence of  interests between states. Militarized conflict: militaries get involved.
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Let’s review…. . System level: Realist view:  states enlarge power,  threaten others.  Triggered by “proximate  causes” Preventive war  (WMD debate) Economic structuralist view:  capitalist  states seeking raw materials and markets Economic liberalism:  complex  interdependence lessens likelihood of  war
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State  level: Realism: wars caused by  aggressive states Regime type: democracies don’t  fight other democracies  (democratic peace theory) Rational actor: if expected utility  for war is higher than for peace,  let’s go to war Nationalism
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Micro (Individual) Level: Madmen Megalomaniacs Misperception
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Root Causes of War Scarcity of land, water, energy Economic shocks Nationalism
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