The study of interstate conflict, in general, and crises in particular, has a long and distinguished history at the University at Buffalo, not only in the Department of Political Science, but in the departments of psychology, history, philosophy and anthropology as well. In 1967 the university founded the Center for International Conflict Studies. Directed by Glenn H. Snyder, the Center's focus was on negotiation and bargaining. The Center produced one major work, Glenn H. Snyder and Paul Diesing's Conflict Among Nations: Bargaining, Decision Making, and System Structure in International Crises . Published in 1977 by Princeton University Press, this classic contribution remains relevant today. It was republished by Princeton in 2015.

The theory of interstate crisis developed in Conflict Among Nations tested a number of deductive theories and models using 16 case studies, some of which were themselves book-length, written by five faculty members, one research associate and five graduate students at the University at Buffalo. The main purpose of this project is to make these case studies, a number of working papers and other products of the Center available to the academic community, as copyright allows. More of these works may be added to the public collection in the future.

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