Junior Workshop 6:
Selling Power: Conflict and the Arms Trade
This workshop is intended for students wanting to do research related to conflict studies or the economics of security. We will do four things in this workshop to make the process of completing your first junior paper easier: 1) discuss the goals and process of writing a research paper, 2) read some articles and book chapters on the politics and economic of conflict and crisis, 3) attend a library workshop to learn how to find and access its historical and database resources, 4) introduce some basic techniques for presenting theory and data.
Examples of questions that may be addressed in this workshop are: Do arms deter or increase violence? Does economic hardship lead to violent politics (terrorism or civil war)? Are arms embargoes effective ways of controlling the costs conflict? Can third party interventions prevent war? Do defense firms lobby for war?