Civil-Military Dynamics, Democracy, and International Conflict

A New Quest for International Peace

  • Seung-Whan Choi
  • Patrick James

Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 1-6
  3. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 7-21
  4. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 39-53
  5. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 55-89
  6. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 91-107
  7. Seung-Whan Choi, Patrick James
    Pages 147-154
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 155-197

About this book


Addressing decision-making over interstate disputes and the democratic peace thesis, Choi and James build an interactive foreign policy decision-making model with a special emphasis on civil-military relations, conscription, diplomatic channels and media openness. Each is significant in explaining decisions over dispute involvement. The temporal scope is broad while the geographic scope is global. The result is sophisticated analysis of the causes of conflict and factors that can ameliorate it, and a generalizable approach to the study of foreign relations. The findings that media openness contributes to peaceful resolution of disputes, that the greater the influence of the military the more likely for their to be interstate disputes, that conscription is likely to have the same effect, and that increases in diplomatic interaction correlate with increased conflict are sure to generate debate.


Civil-Military Relations democracy foreign policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Seung-Whan Choi
    • 1
  • Patrick James
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IllinoisChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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