Outbreaks of hostilities along international borders can be difficult to predict. Even in cases where the countries involved share a well-known and long-running dispute, escalations often appear to occur with little to no warning. With the benefit of hindsight, indicators of an impending conflict may be identifiable; however these are often overlooked as a crisis develops. A number of factors can explain observers’ frequent inability to discern the warning signs of an impending conflict. This module is designed to help independent investigators apply the lessons learned from AAAS’s border conflict research to their own work. It formed part of a project on studying border conflict made possible by a grant from the United States Institute of Peace.
The following Google Earth layers accompany the exercises described in Introduction to Remote Sensing of Cross-Border Conflicts: A Guide for Analysts:
Lesson 2: Evaluating Infrastructure
Lesson 3: Evaluating Military Vehicles and Equipment
Lesson 4: Evaluating Damage and Direct Evidence of Conflict