Changing Patterns of Regional Conflicts and US Relations

Panel at the 42nd Annual Convention of the
International Studies Association
February 20-24, 2001
Chicago, Illinois

Panel Description

The end of the Cold War was expected to provide for a more peaceful and collaborative world order. However, a number of major, local, and regional conflicts have persisted. The majority of inter- and intrastate conflicts have implications for regional stability.

To address these issues, the Stanley Foundation convened a panel of international relations specialists at the International Studies Association's (ISA) 42nd annual convention, held in Chicago, Illinois, February 20-24, 2001. The panel examined the regional dimensions of inter- and intrastate conflicts by analyzing some conflicts in Latin America and Asia and the implications for regional stability. The five case studies chosen include two intrastate conflicts (Colombia and Venezuela) and three interstate conflicts (China-US, Cuba-US, and Vietnam-US).

In considering the specific cases, the panel focused on three main issues/questions:

  • How do inter- and intrastate conflicts become regional conflicts?
  • What are the changes in the nature of conflicts, and in the notion of regional security, because of the end of the Cold War?
  • Will the pattern of amity and enmity constitute the first component of essential structure in a security complex?
Draft copies of the papers on the China, Cuba, and Vietnam conflicts are listed on this Web site. Draft copies of the papers on the Colombia and Venezuela conflicts are available upon request. Please contact Sherry Gray for more information.