International Conflict: The Question of Survival

  • Ronald J. Fisher
Part of the Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


The field of international relations has shown an abiding interest in intergroup conflict among states and/or factions, particularly as expressed in the violence of war (e.g, Wright, 1965a). Conflict is a pervasive and permanent, even inherent, feature of world politics, because it may be the inevitable consequence of interactions among groups who live in an anarchy (Matthews, Rubinoff, & Stein, 1984). More specifically, competing demands for scarce resources in a world of inequality and disorder guarantee that conflict will remain at the center of the study of international relations (Fox, 1984). However, how conflict is conceptualized and what methods are recommended to address it have varied considerably over the history of the international relations discipline. Such differences exist to the present day and provide for varying degrees of receptivity to social-psychological concepts and methods.


Foreign Policy International Conflict International Negotiation Integrative Complexity Intergroup Conflict 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Fisher
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  2. 2.Canadian Institute for International Peace and SecurityOttawaCanada

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