Committing to Peace: The Successful Settlement of Civil Wars

Portada
Princeton University Press, 2002 - 200 pàgines
0 Ressenyes

Why do some civil wars end in successfully implemented peace settlements while others are fought to the finish? Numerous competing theories address this question. Yet not until now has a study combined the historical sweep, empirical richness, and conceptual rigor necessary to put them thoroughly to the test and draw lessons invaluable to students, scholars, and policymakers. Using data on every civil war fought between 1940 and 1992, Barbara Walter details the conditions that lead combatants to partake in what she defines as a three-step process--the decision on whether to initiate negotiations, to compromise, and, finally, to implement any resulting terms. Her key finding: rarely are such conflicts resolved without active third-party intervention.

Walter argues that for negotiations to succeed it is not enough for the opposing sides to resolve the underlying issues behind a civil war. Instead the combatants must clear the much higher hurdle of designing credible guarantees on the terms of agreement--something that is difficult without outside assistance. Examining conflicts from Greece to Laos, China to Columbia, Bosnia to Rwanda, Walter confirms just how crucial the prospect of third-party security guarantees and effective power-sharing pacts can be--and that adversaries do, in fact, consider such factors in deciding whether to negotiate or fight. While taking many other variables into account and acknowledging that third parties must also weigh the costs and benefits of involvement in civil war resolution, this study reveals not only how peace is possible, but probable.

 

Què opinen els usuaris - Escriviu una ressenya

No hem trobat cap ressenya als llocs habituals.

Continguts

Introduction
3
Theory and Hypotheses
19
DATA AND QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
45
Measuring the Variables
47
Quantitative Tests
70
A Closer Look at the Findings
92
CASE STUDIES
109
Negotiating for Security Guarantees The Civil War in Zimbabwe
113
The Breakdown of Rwandas Peace Process
143
Explaining the Resolution of Civil Wars
160
Appendix 1
169
Appendix 2
171
Bibliography
177
Index
193
Copyright

Altres edicions - Mostra-ho tot

Frases i termes més freqüents

Referències a aquest llibre

Tots els resultats de Google Llibres »

Quant a l’autor (2002)

Barbara F. Walter is Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is the coeditor of Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention.

Informació bibliogràfica