Why Do Some Civil Wars Last So Much Longer than Others?

  title={Why Do Some Civil Wars Last So Much Longer than Others?},
  author={James D. Fearon},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={275 - 301}
  • J. Fearon
  • Published 2004
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Peace Research
Five factors are shown to be strongly related to civil war duration. Civil wars emerging from coups or revolutions tend to be short. Civil wars in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have also tended to be relatively brief, as have anti-colonial wars. By contrast, ‘sons of the soil’ wars that typically involve land conflict between a peripheral ethnic minority and state-supported migrants of a dominant ethnic group are on average quite long-lived. So are conflicts in which a rebel group… Expand

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