Trust and Fear in Civil Wars

Trust and Fear in Civil Wars : Ending Intrastate Conflicts

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Why do some civil wars last a long time, while others end relatively quickly? Trust and Fear in Civil Wars examines the conditions under which individuals are willing to lay down their weapons under a settlement agreement. The author argues that wars are easiest to resolve when combatants believe that their adversaries will uphold a deal or that the costs of renewed war will be low. Several key sources of information inform this calculation. Drawing on both cross-national and case study data, including detailed interviews, the book demonstrates that when information suggests either that a peace agreement is likely to break down or that the results of a broken deal will be especially deadly, a settlement leaves combatants too vulnerable to countenance, resulting in wars lasting longer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 149 x 231 x 15mm | 308g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 8 charts, 5 tables
  • 073919643X
  • 9780739196434

About Shanna Kirschner

Shanna Kirschner is assistant professor of political science at Allegheny College.
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Table of contents

Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Trust and Fears for the Future Chapter Three: Trust and Fear across Civil Wars Chapter Four: Sri Lanka: Both Short And Long Civil Wars Chapter Five: Turkey: Ongoing Conflict With No Settlement Chapter Six: Cyprus: Frozen Conflict with No Settlement Chapter Seven: Conclusions
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