Past Event

Preemptive and Preventive Logics in International Conflict

December 2, 2016
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10027

The Saltzman Institute invites you to a workshop organized by SIWPS affiliate Jack Levy, and Visiting Professor Thomas Lindenmann:

“Preemptive and Preventive Logics in International Conflict”

Jack Levy, Thomas Lindemann, Volker Berghahn, Jack Snyder, Robert Jervis,
Benoit Pelopidas, Richard Betts

This workshop brings together authors of classic “preventive” works in order to see whether they would still consider that their former frameworks and hypothesis are valid or whether they would amend, change or even reject important parts of their research work. Many scholars attentive to “preventive logics” have more or less stressed the respective importance of “objective power shifts” or “cognitive frames” in the genesis of such a war. One point of discussion is the interaction between material and “mental” worlds in the stimulation of preventive war. Another item for discussion could be considering to what extent preventive logics also fuels the use of armed force from established state actors against “terrorist” actors. Moreover, is it possible to apply classic concepts such as power shifts or misperceptions to understand the new logics of these forms of violence? In short, this workshop presents an opportunity to update former works and hopefully an occasion to test some new ideas.

This event is private and requires adavanced registration. Please RSVP to [email protected]:

Event Contact Information: 
Cameron Torreon
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