Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Grounds for War: The Evolution of Territorial Conflict

  • Dominic D.P. Johnson
| Winter 2013/14


International relations theory has thus far failed to account for the recurrence and severity of territorial conflict, especially over land with little or no value. Evolutionary biology offers a unique explanation for this behavior. An examination of territoriality across the animal kingdom as well as evolutionary game theory that deals with territorial behavior generates novel predictions about when territorial conflict is likely to occur.

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For Academic Citation: Johnson, Dominic D.P., and Toft, Monica Duffy. Grounds for War: The Evolution of Territorial Conflict.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 38. no. 3. (Winter 2013/14):
pp. 7-38

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