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Rethinking Political Violence

Fighting Over Peace

Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence

Authors: Reiter, Andrew

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  • Presents nuanced policy prescriptions—centred on prediction, targeted inclusion, continued negotiation, and coercion
  • Offers third party oversight that will aid policymakers in preventing and managing spoilers
  • Supplies an international analysis based on a large-N dataset with discussions of cases from around the globe
  • Analyses 300 civil war peace agreements in the post-Cold War world 
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This book presents post-peace agreement violence as a serious, yet predictable and manageable, political phenomenon. Negotiating an end to a civil war is extremely difficult, and many signed peace agreements subsequently unravel, ushering in renewed conflict. In response, important international actors have become increasingly involved in conflict mediation, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction around the globe. Policymakers and scholars alike have identified spoilers—violent actors who often rise up and attempt to challenge or derail the peace process—as one of the greatest threats to peace. Using a mixed-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative analyses of a newly created, global dataset of spoiling, Reiter demonstrates that this type of violence occurs in predictable circumstances and only represents a threat to peace under specific conditions. The book also shows that spoiling often serves to bring agreement flaws and implementation failures to light and in turn forces actors to recommit to an accord, thereby strengthening peace in the long term.
  

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Andrew G. Reiter is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Mount Holyoke College. He is the coauthor of Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy (2010) as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the topics of conflict resolution, post-conflict peacebuilding, and transitional justice.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fighting Over Peace
Book Subtitle
Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Political Violence
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40102-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40102-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40101-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82033-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 190
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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