Conceptualizing conflictspace: Toward a geography of relational power and embeddedness in the analysis of interstate conflict

Colin Flint, Paul Diehl, Juergen Scheffran, John Vasquez, Sang hyun Chi

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Abstract

The concept of ConflictSpace facilitates the systematic analysis of interstate conflict data. Building on relational theories of power, we identify the spatiality of conflict as a combination of territorial and network embeddedness. The former is modeled through spatial analysis and the latter by social network analysis. A brief empirical example of the spread of World War I illustrates how the position of states within physical and network spaces explains their roles within a broader geography of territorial settings and network relations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-835
Number of pages9
JournalAnnals of the Association of American Geographers
Volume99
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Interstate war
  • Social network analysis
  • Spatial analysis
  • World War I

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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