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Managing Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict

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Intrastate conflicts and civil wars have replaced inter-state wars as the dominant forms of organized violence that shape our world. What factors explain the upsurge in intrastate violence and how have actors attempted to resolve them?



Stefan Wolff: The Path to Ending Ethnic Conflicts

Jul 2010 / Video

Leadership, diplomacy and institutional design are the three most effective weapons for 'waging peace', or so argues Stefan Wolff. In this TED Talk, he looks at the lessons learned from Northern Ireland, Liberia, Timor Leste and other conflicts to explain how these factors help to end civil wars and ethnic conflicts. More on «Stefan Wolff: The Path to Ending Ethnic Conflicts»


Intrastate Conflict: Data, Trends and Drivers

04 Feb 2013 / Special Feature

Over the decades, inter-state warfare has been overtaken by intrastate conflicts and civil wars as the most common forms of political violence worldwide. But just what are these forms of violence? Today, we look at different ways to define them and consider some of the underlying reasons they occur. More on «Intrastate Conflict: Data, Trends and Drivers»


When Passion Dries Out, Reason Takes Control

05 Feb 2013 / Special Feature

What can motivational psychology teach us about the role of passion and reason in civil or intrastate wars? In today’s Special Feature, Thomas Tranekaer tries to connect the dots and explain the very human impulses that animate these types of conflict. More on «When Passion Dries Out, Reason Takes Control»


The Role of Religion in Civil Wars

06 Feb 2013 / Special Feature

Religion often plays an important role in civil wars but is it ever THE precipitating cause behind them? As he explains in today’s Questions and Answers, the CSS’s Owen Frazer doesn’t think so. He sees (and describes) an interplay of factors that drive civil conflicts. More on «The Role of Religion in Civil Wars»


The Role of Ethnicity in Civil Conflicts

07 Feb 2013 / Special Feature

While ethnicity is often cited as an important precipitating factor in many civil wars, it doesn’t necessarily explain the persistence of violence between ethnic groups. In today’s Special Feature, we explore the roles economic inequality and political power struggles play in fanning civil strife. More on «The Role of Ethnicity in Civil Conflicts»


Ending Civil War

08 Feb 2013 / Special Feature

What's the best way to end civil wars and intrastate conflict? While Stefan Wolff argues that effective leadership, diplomacy and institutional design offer the best chances for peace, Monica Duffy Toft disagrees. More on «Ending Civil War»



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