War and Afghanistan: What have we learned since the days of Alexander?

by kris bishop on December 7, 2009

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As the debate about the appropriate United States military strategy in Afghanistan continues with Obama’s latest announcement of a troop surge, the study of international conflict becomes increasingly relevant in a region that even Alexander the Great could not conquer. Review the works of leading international studies scholars in Handbook of War Studies II and Handbook of War Studies III, both edited by Manus I. Midlarksky. More info below:

In Handbook of War Studies II (978-0-472-06724-4/$40.00 / 2000), Midlarksy focuses on the interstate dimension of international conflict. The book is a compilation of the most recent theoretically and empirically oriented research on international warfare. Some of the chapters are updated from the earlier Handbook of War Studies; most are new contributions representing new understandings of the vast changes in international relations that have occurred during the past decade. More info here: www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=11684

InHandbook of War Studies III(978-0-472-05057-4/$35.00 / 2009), the intrastate dimension of international conflict is examined. This new volume collects original work from leading international relations scholars on domestic strife, ethnic conflict, genocide, and other timely topics. Special attention is given to civil war, which has become one of the dominant forms—if not the dominant form—of conflict in the world today. More info here: www.press.umich.edu/titleDetailDesc.do?id=348477


  • Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, New York University, and Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Nils
    Petter Gleditsch, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO),
    and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim
  • Håvard Hegre, University of Oslo, and International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
  • Erin K. Jenne, Central European University, Budapest
  • Mark Irving Lichbach, University of Maryland
  • Roy Licklider, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • T. David Mason, University of North Texas
  • Rose McDermott, Cornell University
  • Stephen Saideman, McGill University
  • Håvard Strand, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
  • Monica Duffy Toft, Harvard University

Manus I. Midlarsky is the Moses and Annuta Back Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is the founding past president of the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association and a past vice president of the International Studies Association.

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