Politics of Civil Wars: Conflict, Intervention & Resolution

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-07-01
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Globally, in the past ten years, there has been a four-fold increase in internal war or civil war in developing countries. This book is one of the first full length studies on the subject. A century ago, most conflicts were between nations, and 90 per cent of casualties were soldiers; today almost all wars are civil, and 90 per cent of the victims are civilians. Many of the conflicts that appeared to have been resolved through processes of intervention or negotiation have reappeared. The researches produced by many international bodies suggest that more and more states are going to be drawn into such conflicts in the twenty-first century. This poses the following questions: What explains the steady rise in civil war? How can this cycle be broken? What is the international community's role? Politics of Civil Wars aims to answer these questions and contains case studies that cover a variety of zones of conflict including Africa, Asia and LatinAmerica. This book will appeal to students of international relations, war and conflict studies and peace studies.

Table of Contents

Theorising Civil War
Poverty of Nationalism
Erotics of Violence
Impasse in Intervention
Responsibility to Rebuild - Tasks for Sisyphus
Governing the Ungovernable
Realms of Reconciliation
Closing the Conflict Cycle
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