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Stabilizing the Peace After Civil War: An Investigation of Some Key Variables


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  • Hartzell, Caroline
  • Hoddie, Matthew
  • Rothchild, Donald
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    Bosnia, 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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    Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal International Organization.

    Volume (Year): 55 (2001)
    Issue (Month): 01 (December)
    Pages: 183-208

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    Handle: RePEc:cup:intorg:v:55:y:2001:i:01:p:183-208_44

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    1. Christopher Farrington, 2006. "Non-Violent Opposition to Peace Processes: Northern Ireland's Serial Spoilers," Working Papers 200605, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
    2. Patricia Justino, 2012. "Shared Societies and Armed Conflict: Costs, Inequality and the Benefits of Peace," Working Papers 2012/35, Maastricht School of Management.
    3. Astri Suhrke & Espen Villanger & Susan L. Woodward, 2005. "Economic Aid to Post-conflict Countries: A Methodological Critique of Collier and Hoeffler," CMI Working Papers WP 2005:4, CMI (Chr. Michelsen Institute), Bergen, Norway.
    4. Kodila-Tedika, Oasis, 2012. "Determinants of Peace : A Cross-Country Analysis," MPRA Paper 40812, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Peter Wallensteen & Karl DeRouen & Jacob Bercovitch & Frida Möller, 2009. "Democracy and mediation in territorial civil wars in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 7(2), pages 241-264, June.
    6. Nilsson, Desiree, 2008. "Partial peace rebel groups inside and outside civil war settlements," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4572, The World Bank.
    7. Barros, Carlos Pestana & Passos, Jose & Gil-Alana, Luis A., 2006. "The timing of ETA terrorist attacks," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 335-346, April.


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