Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War

  title={Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War},
  author={James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={75 - 90}
  • J. Fearon, D. Laitin
  • Published 1 February 2003
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
An influential conventional wisdom holds that civil wars proliferated rapidly with the end of the Cold War and that the root cause of many or most of these has been ethnic and religious antagonisms. We show that the current prevalence of internal war is mainly the result of a steady accumulation of protracted conflicts since the 1950s and 1960s rather than a sudden change associated with a new, post-Cold War international system. We also find that after controlling for per capita income, more… 

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