Terrorism, Spoiling, and the Resolution of Civil Wars

  title={Terrorism, Spoiling, and the Resolution of Civil Wars},
  author={Michael G. Findley and Joseph K. Young},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={1115 - 1128}
Civil war combatants use terrorism frequently, yet we understand little about terrorism’s effects on war resolution. It is assumed that the primary combatants to a war hold a veto over resolution, but less attention has been devoted to whether the use of terrorism can derail peace agreements. We contend that even terrorism, a generally low intensity form of violence, can make civil war peace processes less likely to conclude in a peaceful, durable resolution. Using a new and large… 

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