Economic Competition and Territorial Conflict
(with Mark Crescenzi)
In this book project, we explore how market structure and institutions shape international conflict behavior. Economic commerce and international institutions are generally viewed as factors that promote peace. However, in some situations these structures actually inhibit the ability of countries to reach peaceful settlements to disputes over territorial resources. Economic competition in imperfect markets can lead countries to pursue strategies of delay and military escalation in order to achieve greater market power. International institutions can help ameliorate the risks that come from economic competition, but they can also limit potential settlements at the bargaining table.