Civil Conflict


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Written by Austin L. Wright (University of Chicago) and Igor Kolesnikov (UC Berkeley), this chapter explores the following question:

– What is civil conflict?
– Why do these wars occur and how are they fought?
– How does civil conflict end?
– What distinguishes civil war from insurgency and terrorism?
– What role do economic grievances play in civil conflict?
– Why is information central to civil conflict?
– How can negotiated settlements build bridges?
– What role do peacekeeping missions play in managing conflict?
– How can power sharing agreements shape post-conflict development?