Glossary of terms with special meaning in Cascon

Ally/Supporter
A nation or group that is in some fashion committed to one of the sides, whether by treaty, ideological affinity or some other tie.
Buffer Area
A geographical area outside of the disputed area that separates the two sides from each other, or separates at least one of the sides from the disputed area, or surrounds the disputed area.
Conflict
A situation short of hostilities in which at least one side considers, threatens or demonstrates willingness to use military force to deal with the dispute, but has not actually done so. Phase 2 of the MIT Model.
Dispute
A quarrel over a divisive issue such as territory, borders, resources, ideology, etc. with no military aspect. The sides are in disagreement but force is not being considered. Phase 1 of the MIT Model.
Disputed Area
A geographical location, or locations, in contention between the parties.
Great Power
A state which may or may not be considered a world power, but which in relation to a particular dispute/conflict possesses significant, relevant political, military, and/or economic resources.
Hostilities
A conflict in which significant organized military force is being employed. Phase 3 of the MIT Model.
Military Force
Employment of significant force to inflict casualties and/or destroy property in a systematic way.
Neighbor
A state or other entity geographically adjacent to one of the sides.
Non-Status Quo Side
The party seeking to alter the situation in its favor. See Side.
Phase
An identifiable stage in the course of a local conflict based on the MIT Model. The three phases coded for CASCON are dispute, conflict, and hostilities -- Phases 1, 2 and 3. (Phase 4 of the model is post-hostilities with the conflict continuing, Phase 5 is post-hostilities with only the dispute continuing, and Phase S is settlement, with the dispute terminated. Phases 4, 5 and S are shown in the Precis and the Case Detail screens but are not coded.
Political Group
A recognizable collection of people who seek to act in a coherent fashion in pursuit of a political goal.
Public Opinion/World Opinion
The reactions or attitudes of individuals or organizations concerning a dispute or conflict. This can mean opinion within a side, an outside country or the world in general.
Side
One of the conflicting parties to a dispute or conflict, labeled for convenience "Status Quo" and "Non Status Quo", not with reference to ideology but in terms of which party sought to initiate a change to the previously prevailing situation.
Status Quo Side
The party wishing to retain the previously prevailing situation with respect to the dispute. See Side.
Superpower
Historically this refers to the US and the USSR. After 1989 superpower refers only to the US.
Threshold
A point of demarcation in time to denote passing from one phase to another; which may or may not be very precise depending on circumstances.
Transition
Movement across a threshold into another phase as the result of the interaction of relevant factors during the previous phase.

Copyright 1999 Lincoln P. Bloomfield and Allen Moulton