Stabilizing the Peace After Civil War: An Investigation of Some Key Variables
AbstractBosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Sudan: these and other civil wars haveposed seemingly intractable challenges to policymakers, scholars, andhuman rights groups seeking to put an end to such deadly conflicts. Inthe wake of negotiated settlements to civil wars, one of the thorniestproblems involves reassuring people who have been killing one anotherwith considerable enthusiasm and success that conflict is not about tobreak out again, endangering people s lives. Those concerned with theimplementation and ultimate success of negotiated settlements havedebated how best to enhance the prospects of a stable peace. Whatarrangements, if any, can be used to persuade communities thatintergroup relations will take place in a climate of relative security?Are there any mechanisms the international community might employ todiscourage the resumption of violence? Is an enduring peace settlementmore likely in certain environments than in others? In this researchnote we explore variables that help to explain the longevity ofnegotiated peace settlements.
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Volume (Year): 55 (2001)
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