Civil War and State Formation: Exploring Linkages and Potential Causality

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Sep 30, 2016 | Swiss Peace Foundation, Joshua Rogers

In this paper for the Swiss Peace Foundation, Joshua Rogers seeks to elucidate the linkages between civil war and state formation. He argues that the centrality of violence, particularly internal violence, in establishing and reproducing political order has not been taken seriously enough, leading civil war to become equated with state collapse and destruction, even though its impact is more complex and contingent. He offers an analytical tool to policy makers and researchers to analyse the potential consequences of violent conflict in specific contexts.

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