Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars

  title={Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars},
  author={Laia Balcells and S. Kalyvas},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={1390 - 1418}
Does it matter whether a civil war is fought as a conventional, irregular, or symmetric nonconventional conflict? Put differently, do “technologies of rebellion” impact a war’s severity, duration, or outcome? Our answer is positive. We find that irregular conflicts last significantly longer than all other types of conflict, while conventional ones tend to be more severe in terms of battlefield lethality. Irregular conflicts generate greater civilian victimization and tend to be won by… Expand
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