Political Science | Regions & Rivalries
Y200 | 3548 | Thompson

	Much of the conflict between states in world politics is generated
by feuding rivals such as France-Germany, the U.S. and the former Soviet
Union, Egypt-Israel, India-Pakistan, Iraq-Iran, Greece-Turkey, Russia-China,
Somalia-Ethiopia, and Ecuador-Peru.  While there are a number of such
rivalries in international history, only a very small proportion of the
possible pairs in the international system (less than 5%) are actually in a
rivalry mode.  Yet they probably account for 80% of the warfare.  The
theoretical implications of these facts are numerous.  We have largely
ignored the structures and processes of rivalry in explaining conflict.  We
have also ignored rivalry processes in explaining such phenomena as
cooperation, integration, regional orders and the democratic peace.  We need
to know more about why rivalries come about, escalate, deescalate, and end
as intriguing subjects in their own rights, but also for its implications
for our understanding of related topics.
	Since we don't know much about rivalries, there are no appropriate
texts.  There will be occasional readings on reserve, and class lectures
will be critical.  Students will be evaluated in terms of short exams and
papers scheduled at regular intervals to encourage keeping up with course
materials.  There will be a final but no term paper.