Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop

How Maritime Borders Settle (VIRTUAL)


Andrew Owsiak,  Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor; Associate Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia; and Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellow 2020-2021

Through what process do states settle their maritime borders (i.e., delimit them in full)? We advance a theoretical model of maritime border settlement to help answer this question—one that combines the characteristics of the disputing states, the international system, and the maritime territory under dispute. We argue that certain prominent border characteristics add friction to the bargaining process, thereby decreasing the likelihood of successful settlement. Our theory yields a series of hypotheses, which we then test with time-series, cross-sectional data on a sample of states that share maritime borders. The findings indicate when we should expect to observe protracted conflict over maritime boundaries, as well as how states might escape those protracted conflicts.

For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.

About the Kroc-Kellogg Peace, Conflict, Crime and Violence Workshop
This workshop seeks to integrate and develop collaboration between Kroc and Kellogg scholars focusing on the wide range of peace, conflict, and violence issues. It is intended to be broad in scope including topics such as political and criminal violence, human rights, and transitional justice along with standard issues of civil and international war, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The format assumes that participants come to the workshop having read the paper. A discussant will start the discussion with 5-10 minutes of comments, then the floor is open. These sessions are open to Notre Dame faculty and graduate students. For the pre-circulated materials or more information, contact Gary Goertz.
Workshop Organizers: Guillermo TrejoGary Goertz, Laurie Nathan, Abby Córdova, and Josefina Echavarría Alvarez.


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