2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Culture of War
Aaron M. Miers
Dr. Michael Rudy, Faculty Mentor

Clashes between countries from different faiths, ideologies, and cultures in the modern era prove the need for increased research on cultural conflict. This study seeks to identify if there is any statistical support to the theory that there is an identified "culture of war" or "culture of peace." Results from this study indicate support for the hypothesis that a country's values and their willingness to engage in conflict are related. Specifically, the results of this study show that cultures that place emphasis on survival values (Islamic and African cultures) have the highest tendency to engage in war and initiate militarized disputes. Furthermore, this study also identifies that cultures that value self expression (Western Europe and Scandinavia) engage in war less and initiate fewer disputes. Although no "culture of war" or "culture of peace," is proven, cultural values do appear to influence conflict willingness of states.

Keywords: culture clash, war, conflict, peace, value, civilization

Topic(s):Political Science
African Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 11-3
Location: MG 1000
Time: 8:30

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