Call for papers for a session on
“Political networks of international cooperation and conflict”

at the 33rd Sunbelt Conference, May 21-26 2013 in Hamburg, Germany
Session organizer: Steffen Mohrenberg (University of Hamburg, Germany)

Maoz et al. (2005) and Hafner-Burton/Kahler/Montgomery (2009) introduced SNA and its key principles to a broader audience within the field of political science, especially within the disciplines of international relations (IR) and comparative politics (CP). Published network analyses in IR focus on issues such as structural patterns of conflict and cooperation between countries (Maoz et al. 2007; Warren 2010), within individual countries (Hämmerli 2006), and networks of nations in general (Maoz 2011) which also includes, for example, international economic relations (Manger/Pickup/Snijders 2012). In CP, SNA has been used to explain political variables measured at the national level through international networks. For example, Torfason/Ingram (2010) demonstrate how this approach can help shed light on the question of why some countries appear to be more democratic than others.

I invite abstracts for presentations of empirical analyses and applications of SNA on research questions aiming at explanations of networks of international cooperation and/or conflict, or their effects on a national level of analysis. Specific topics include but are not limited to:

1. Cooperation and/or conflict between and within states (MIDs, war, civil war, trade, alliances, etc.)

2. International diffusion processes

3. Studying international conflict and cooperation using networks including actors of different types – e.g. state and non-state actors – to overcome methodological nationalism (Smith 1983; cf. Gleditsch 2007)

Please submit your abstract by December 31 using the following link to the conference’s abstract submission system:
During the submission process, you will be asked to select a session title from a drop-down box; please select “Networks of international cooperation and conflict”. I kindly request you also put a note in the “additional notes” field referring to “Steffen Mohrenberg” as the session organizer.
The conference website ( provides additional information on Hamburg and the 33rd Sunbelt conference.


Gleditsch, Kristian S. (2007): Transnational Dimensions of Civil War. In: Journal of Peace Research 44 (3), 293–309.

Hafner-Burton, Emilie; Kahler, Miles; Montgomery, Alexander H. (2009): Network Analysis for International Relations. In: International Organization 63 (3), 559–592.
Hämmerli, August; Gattinker, Regula; Weyermann, Reto (2006): Conflict and Cooperation in an Actors’ Network of Chechnya Based on Event Data. In: Journal of Conflict Resolution 50, 2006 (2), 159–175.

Manger, Mark S.; Pickup, Mark A.; Snijders, Tom A. B. (2012): A Hierarchy of Preferences. A Longitudinal Network Analysis Approach to PTA Formation. In: Journal of Conflict Resolution 56, 852-877.

Maoz, Zeev (2011): Networks of nations. The evolution and structure of international networks, 1816-2001. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Maoz, Zeev; Terris, Lesley G.; Kuperman Ranan D.; Talmud, Ilan (2007): What Is the Enemy of My Enemy? Causes and Consequences of Imbalanced International Relations, 1816-2001. In: The Journal of Politics 69 (1), 100–115.

Maoz, Zeev; Terris, Lesley G.; Kuperman Ranan D.; Talmud, Ilan (2005): International Relations. A Network Approach. In: Alex Mintz und Bruce Russett (Eds.): New Directions for International Relations. Confronting the Method-of-Analysis Problem.

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Smith, Anthony D. (1983): Nationalism and Classical Social Theory. In: The British Journal of Sociology 34 (1), 19–38.

Torfason, Magnus Thor; Ingram, Paul (2010): The Global Rise of Democracy. A Network Account. In: American Sociological Review 75 (3), 355–377.

Warren, T. Camber (2010): The geometry of security. Modeling interstate alliances as evolving networks. In: Journal of Peace Research 47 (6), 697–709.