“Bring the Pain: Three Essays on the Influence of Military Capabilities on International Conflict”

My dissertation consists of three individual studies that examine the influence of military capabilities on international conflict. The first study examines the influence of naval power on non-contiguous hostile disputes. The second study examines the influence of military parity on international conflict. The final study examines what influences the likelihood of a war ending with an absolute outcome.

A copy of my dissertation can be found here.

Peer Reviewed Publications:
Crisher, Brian. Forthcoming. “Power and National Capability.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. LINK TO ARTICLE

Crisher, Brian. 2017. “Naval Power, Endogeneity, and Long-distance Disputes.” Research and Politics. LINK TO ARTICLE

Crisher, Brian and Mark Souva. Forthcoming. “Domestic Political Problems and the Uneven Contenders Paradox.” Foreign Policy Analysis.

Crisher, Brian. 2014. “Inequality Amid Equality: Military Capabilities and Conflict Behavior in Balanced Dyads.” International Interactions 40(2): 246-269. ABSTRACT

Crisher, Brian and Mark Souva. 2014. “Power at Sea: A Naval Power Data Set, 1865-2011.” International Interactions 40(4):602-629.  ABSTRACT (See Naval Project page for data)

Working Papers:
“Commitment Problems in Long-distance Relationships: The Influence of Naval Power on Dispute Issue Type”

“Bring the Pain: How Military Capabilities Influence Militarized Conflict Initiation and Reciprocation”

“Victory at all Costs: Understanding Absolute War Outcomes”


Undergraduate Publication:

Crisher, Brian. “Altering Jus ad Bellum: Just War Theory in the 21st Century and the 2002 National Security Strategy of the United States.” Critique – A Worldwide Student Journal of Politics Spring 2005. (pdf)