“[W]hether public opinion is a constraint on military action or an effect of threats strongly depends on the primary objective of the military operation and whether or not the threats to a state’s national interests are clear and tangible.”
The following analyses appears in Volume 4, Issue 1 of the Peace Science Digest. Citation: Johns, R., & Davies, G. A.
In this issue, each of the articles selected either takes a critical approach to its research question or incorporates a careful perspective on the various racial, ethnic, gender, or other identities at play in its analyses. The first article shows that support for military action decreases when civilian causalities increase. The second criticizes the shift from peacebuilding to stabilization and counterterrorism operations. The third reviews women's informal participation in the peace process in Myanmar, and broader implications from barriers to their formal participation. The fourth suggests a link between women's participation in government, reduced levels of corruption, and higher levels of peace. The fifth details strategies for leftist civil resistance movements to confront rightwing counter-protests. The results of this critical approach empower us to see beyond our assumptions, to be surprised by the results of our work, and to view events of the world with a dash of skepticism.
The United States has been fighting a war in Afghanistan Since 2001, costing thousands of lives and more than a trillion dollars. Today, many Americans are unaware of our continued presence in the country and much fewer understand why the U.S. is still there. Would a military draft raise people's awareness of wars fought by their country? How would this change war support in the U.S.?
This analysis is from Volume 3, Issue 1 of the Peace Science Digest When do people support war, when do they
Past research has recognized that a government’s defense policy priorities must respond to external threats as well as to the
Many international governmental and nongovernmental organizations say the U.S. drone program is against international law and creates more terrorists than it eliminates.
The following analysis is from Volume 1, Issue 5 of the Peace Science Digest This research examines
There are obvious differences between the human and financial costs of war, but their respective impact on war support needs