Carina Schmidt

Carina Schmidt



Akademische Ausbildung

seit April 2010: Promotionsstipendium der Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung e.V.

seit Dezember 2009: Promotion an der Universität der Bundeswehr Neubiberg

Juli 2009: Magister Artium (M.A.) an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

September 2006 – Januar 2007: Auslandssemester Başkent Üniversitesi Ankara

Oktober 2003 – Juli 2009: Studium Politische Wissenschaft, Ethnologie und Rechtswissenschaften an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Abschluss: 1,6  (zusätzlich: European Union Studies Certificate)  


The paper presents a research project about the deescalation of interstate conflict. Conditions of states` interactions in an ongoing conflict are examined. If war is absent in a conflict, this implies that states have found another way of conflict management. Which conditions make that possible?
If certain variations of these conditions are responsible for the emerge of war, other variations of the same conditions should be in charge of the absence of war. The independent variables alliance structure, power relations and perceptions are drawn from influential causes of war theories. A study of historical cases will illustrate the theoretical approximations. The method applied for this is a y-orientated process tracing of a small-N case study. Further there are control variables introduced, which are usually employed when it comes to explaining the absence of war: the system polarity, (regional) institutions and assumptions of the democratic peace. Results will progress the understanding of the deescalation of interstate conflicts under the conditions of alliance structure, power relations and perceptions. The variables` validity for the study of causes of war will be improved as the dissertation evaluates their influence on the absence of war.