Rio Grande Road Trip Part 3: Digging For The Grassroots

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The Earth and the Sea

In the readings for this research, I read about dozens of disputes in the past century that have brought about war. Among them, not a single one is over ocean boundaries.

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Coding Disputes

As a large portion of my honors thesis, I will be using a large n database to conduct quantitative comparisons across different territorial disputes. Before I am able to do the tests, however, I must first complete my database and code every dispute (since 1949) to test my hypotheses. As I have done so, I have run up against a number of difficult coding decisions that could potentially change the face of my dataset and, through that, my results. Here are some of the questions that I face: [Read more…]