SAGE Journal Articles

Chapter 7

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Article 1: Russett, B. M. et al. (September 2000). Clash of Civilizations, or Realism and Liberalism Déjà vu? Some Evidence. Journal of Peace Research 37(5). 583-608.

Questions to Consider:

  1. How do the authors’ characterize Huntington’s thesis, and what criticisms do they level against it?
  2. What evidence do they present to refute Huntington? What are their findings?


Article 2: Aspinall, E. (December 2007). The Construction of Grievance: Natural Resources and Identity in a Separatist Conflict. Journal of Conflict Resolution 51(6). 950-972.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Summarize the greed versus grievance thesis, and describe the author’s proposed approach in relationship to those thesis.
  2. What method(s) does the author use to test his thesis? Describe. What theoretical perspective informs his approach?
  3. What are his findings?


Article 3: Krook, M. L. & True, J. (March 20102). Rethinking the Life Cycles of International Norms: The United Nations and the Global Promotion of Gender Equality. European Journal of International Relations 18(1). 103-127.

Questions to Consider:

  1. What conceptual theoretical problem do the authors claim to be trying to solve in this article? Explain what it is, say why it matters, and describe how the authors plan to address the problem.
  2. Explain in detail what the authors mean by norms as “process.”
  3. Summarize the cases the authors use to illustrate their thesis: say how norms work within those cases.
  4. What conclusions do the authors reach?