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In my research, I seek to find answers to questions regarding interstate conflict and war. To this end, I have sought to understand how the issues states are disputing over affect their strategic behavior during war and other forms of interstate conflict. Ultimately, my research agenda makes a major contribution to our understanding of why some wars are especially long and why some states seem reluctant to end them. I am also interested in understanding how democratic leaders respond to the multiple and competing pressures of prosecuting an interstate war.