Conflict networks

Jorg Franke, Tahir Öztürk

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Conflict parties are frequently involved in more than one conflict simultaneously. In this paper the structure of local conflicts is modeled as a conflict network where rivals invest in conflict specific technology to attack their respective neighbors. We prove that there exists a unique equilibrium and examine the relation between total conflict investment (a proxy for conflict intensity) and underlying network characteristics. We also identify a class of conflict networks where peaceful conflict resolution is beneficial in the sense that conflict intensity is reduced. Outside of this class peaceful conflict resolution may be detrimental because countervailing local network effects can actually result in higher conflict intensity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-113
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Public Economics
Early online date15 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • C72
  • Conflict resolution
  • Conflicts
  • D74
  • D85
  • Network games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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