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IDSS Distinguished Seminar Series

IDSS Distinguished Seminar – Conflict in Networks: The Rise and Fall of Empires

May 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sanjeev Goyal (University of Cambridge)

MIT Building 32, Room 141


In the study of war, a recurring observation is that conflict between two opponents is shaped by third parties. The actions of these parties are in turn influenced by other proximate players. These considerations lead us to propose a model of conflict in a network. We study the influence of resources, technology, and the network of connections on the dynamics of war and the prospects of peace.


Sanjeev Goyal is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge. His early research in the 1990’s laid the foundations of an economic approach to the study of networks by providing a framework for the study of the effects of social networks on human behaviour and by developing a model of how the costs and benefits of linking shape the formation of networks. In subsequent work, he has explored applications of network ideas in a variety of fields including industrial organisation, economic development, international trade, and conflict. In 2007, Princeton University Press published his book, Connections: An Intrduction to the Economics of Networks. Sanjeev Goyal is a Fellow of the British Academy and was the founding Director of the Cambridge-INET Institute

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