Time to Kill

  title={Time to Kill},
  author={Dawn Brancati and Jack Snyder},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={822 - 853}
Elections constitute a fundamental element of postconflict peacebuilding efforts in the post–cold war era and are often held soon after conflicts end. Yet, the impact of early elections on postconflict stability is the subject of sharp debate. While some argue that early elections facilitate peace agreements, hasten democratization, and ensure postconflict stability, others suggest that they undermine genuine democracy and spark a renewal in fighting. In this study, we argue that holding… 

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Liberia 2005: an unusual African post-conflict election

  • D. Harris
  • Political Science
    The Journal of Modern African Studies
  • 2006
The 2003 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the ensuing two-year-long National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL), which brought together two rebel forces, the former government and

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We have argued in Electing to Fight and other writings that an incomplete democratic transition increases the risk of international and civil war in countries that lack the institutional capacity to

Electing to Fight: Why Emerging Democracies Go to War

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