Considering population and war: A critical and neglected aspect of conflict studies

B A Thayer

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Abstract

This study analyses the relationship between war and population. The impact of the growth and decline of population on important types of warfare—great power, small power, civil war as well as terrorism—is illustrated, with the objective in each case to be descriptive of risk. I find that population change has a significant impact on each, with the greatest causal impact on small power conflicts, civil war and upon terrorism. I conclude with some reasons for guarded optimism about the incorporation of population as a component of analysis in the discipline of international studies, and for the potential to devise new solutions to prevent conflict.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3081-3092
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences
Volume364
Issue number1532
Early online date21 Sep 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2009

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