CWP Fellows Ja Ian Chong and Todd Hall presented "Pie in a Black Box, or a Theory of Parochial Domestic Interests and War." The paper argues that states tend to choose conflict over negotiated settlements, een if the latter may be better for "national interest" broadly conceived. This dynamic rests on the understanding that if parochial interest that percives an incentive from war can succesffuly manipulate information domestically, they can encourage domestic veto players to acquiesce.
CWP Fellow Ja Ian Chong presented "How External Intervention Kept China Whole" at the Fairbank Centre at Harvard University. This presentation is based on two chapters of Mr. Chong's dissertation.