"New" And "Old" Civil Wars: A Valid Distinction?

  title={"New" And "Old" Civil Wars: A Valid Distinction?},
  author={Stathis N. Kalyvas},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={118 - 99}
  • S. Kalyvas
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • History
  • World Politics
This article questions the prevalent argument that civil wars have fundamentally changed since the end of the cold war. According to this argument, "new" civil wars are different from "old" civil wars along at least three related dimensions--they are caused and motivated by private predation rather than collective grievances and ideological concerns; the parties to these conflicts lack popular support and must rely on coercion; and gratuitous, barbaric violence is dispensed against civilian… 

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