Passing the Open Windows
A Quantitative & Qualitative Approach to Immediate
Balance & Escalation of Protracted Conflicts

By Bjorn Holmberg
July 1998
Uppsala University Press
ISBN: 91-506-1272-7
149 pages, 6 1/2" x 9 1/2"
$29.50 Paper Original

This dissertation has a dual point of departure: first, the widely known concept of window of opportunity and its application in the study of international relations (IR) and, second, the notion among modern classical realists that states maximize their power and hence, that windows of opportunity should increase the probability of escalation to war or escalation of a war. The focus is primarily on the effects of rapid power shifts in dyads of non-great powers experiencing protracted conflict. The questions asked are, Do military opportunities cause escalation of protracted conflicts, and if so, under what circumstances?

Uppsala University Department of Peace & Conflict Research, Report No. 47

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