Civil Wars and Conflict Resolution
Over the last five years, my research focus has moved from negotiation and cooperation to conflict resolution particularly in the area of civil wars. I focus on civil war intervention, diplomatic pressure and civil wars, peacekeeping, and the impact of domestic level factors in explaining the intractability of civil wars.
Publications and Current Projects
Urlacher, Brian R. (2016) "Peace and Justice? Re-Thinking the Trade off through Decision Analysis." St Antony's International Review, Special Issue: Negotiation in Contemporary Global Politics. 11(2): 69-94.
Urlacher, Brian R. (2014) "Game Theory: Explaining Ethnic Violence" in Making Sense of IR Theory: Iraq. Jennifer Sterling-Folker ed. Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner
Urlacher, Brian R. (2013) "Negotiating with Insurgents: Changing Perceptions or Changing Politics?" International Negotiation. 18(2): 177-194.
Urlacher, Brian R. (2011) "Political Constraints and Civil War Conflict Resolution." Civil Wars, 13(2): 81-98.
Urlacher, Brian R. (2009) The "Wolfowitz Conjecture: a research note on civil wars and news coverage." International Studies Perspective,10(2): 186-197.
Urlacher, Brian R. (2008) "A Bottom-up Approach to Peacebuilding." International Studies Review, 10(3): 619-621.
I have worked on a number of projects related to international cooperation both in general and in relation to the provision of public goods. This strain of research was sparked in 2006 by a collaborative project undertaken with Joseph K. Young, now at American University, to develop a simulation of the prisoner's dilemma to study how group decision making structure affects the ability of groups to cooperate in a two-group prisoner's dilemma. The most recent version of the simulation is written in visual basic and is available for replication purposes.
Publications and Current Projects
Urlacher, Brian R. (2015) International Relations as Negotiation. Routledge Press.
Urlacher, Brian R. (2014) "Groups, Decision Rules, and Negotiation Outcomes: Simulating the Negotiator's Dilemma." Negotiation Journal, 30(1): 5-22.
Urlacher, Brian. R. (2011) "Pubic Goods and International Relations." Compendium Project published on behalf of the International Studies Association
Urlacher, Brian R. (2008) "Walking out of Two-Level Social Traps (With a Little Help From my Friends)" Simulation and Gaming, 39(4): 453-464.
Young, Joseph K. and Brian R. Urlacher. (2007) "Cantankerous Cooperation: Democracies, Authoritarian Regimes, and the Prisoner's Dilemma." International Interactions, 33(1): 51-73.
GlobalEd at the University of Connecticut
About Global Ed:
GlobalEd is a research project started at the University of Connecticut by Mark A. Boyer and Scott W. Brown. The GlobalEd project conducts on-line simulations of international negotiations using middle and high school students. The simulations are coded for negotiation styles. The project seeks to understand the gender and the socialization process as it relates to negotiation behavior. The project has produced dozens of conference presentations and a number of scholarly publications.
Anat Niv-Solomon, Laura Janik, Mark A. Boyer, Natalie Florea-Hudson, Brian R. Urlacher and Scott D. Brown (2009) "Evolving Beyond Self-Interest? Some Experimental Findings from Simulated International Negotiations" Simulation & Gaming, 42(6): 711-732.
Boyer, Mark A., Brian R. Urlacher, Anat Niv-Solomon, Natalie Florea Hudson, Laura Janik, Scott W. Brown, Clarisse O. Lima, and Andri Ioannou. (2009) "Gender and Negotiation: Some Experimental Findings from an International Negotiation Simulation." International Studies Quarterly, 53(1): 23-47.
Boyer, Mark A. , Scott W. Brown, Michael J. Butler, Anat Niv-Solomon, Brian Urlacher, Natalie F. Hudson, Paula Johnson and Clarisse O. Lima. (2007) "Experimenting with Global Governance: Understanding the Potential for Generational Change." Globalization, Societies, and Education, 5(2): 153-180.