Civil Wars: Internal Struggles, Global Consequences

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University of Toronto Press, Jun 6, 2008 - 180 pages

What motivates individuals to take up arms against their government? What types of states have historically been more prone to internal conflicts? InCivil Wars: Internal Struggles, Global Consequences, Marie Olson Lounsbery and Frederic Pearson explore these questions and present a comprehensive analysis of the causes, consequences, and management potential of civil wars throughout the world. They include an examination of legal and ethical dilemmas, namely the challenge to the international community with respect to norms and laws governing sovereignty, intervention, self defence, and human rights. They conclude with a discussion of the international influences that can produce or potentially relieve unstable, civil war prone environments. The scourge of internal conflicts is now being recognized more widely as international warfare has altered with the end of the Cold War, and the link between internal political violence with terrorism receives increasing attention. Here the authors explain the factors leading to civil war in historical breadth and depth, they present and review the latest research findings on civil wars, and they examine the humanitarian and political issues that stem from internal conflicts.

Marie Olson Lounsberyis Assistant Professor of Political Science at East Carolina University. She is the author of several articles on civil war and conflict resolution and has been involved in several research projects examining the causes and resolution of civil wars and ethnopolitical violence.

Frederic Pearsonis the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. He is the author ofThe Global Spread of Arms(Westview, 1994),Arms and Warfare(University of South Carolina Press, 1994), andArms and Ethnic Conflict(Rowman and Littlefield, 2001). In addition, he has twice been a Fulbright Scholar and serves as a consultant for the US Commission on National Security.

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