Violence after War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States

Violence after War: Explaining Instability in Post-Conflict States

by Michael J. Boyle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421412573
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael J. Boyle is an assistant professor of political science at La Salle University and a regular contributor to the Guardian newspaper. He has published widely on terrorism, insurgency, and political violence.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

List of Abbreviations xi

1 The Challenge of Violence in Post-Conflict States 1

Part I Unpacking Violence After Wars

2 Understanding Violence after Wars: Concepts and Contexts 23

3 Explaining Violence after Wars: Patterns and Pathways 45

Part II Five Case Studies of Post-Conflict Violence

4 Bosnia-Herzegovina 99

5 Rwanda 143

6 Kosovo 175

7 East Timor 227

8 Iraq 257

Part III Producing Peace After Wars

9 Controlling Violence: Implications and Policy Recommendations 305

Notes 323

Bibliography 383

Index 423

What People are Saying About This

Alexander B. Downes

"Boyle breaks new substantive ground in explaining the causes of post–civil war violence. He should be commended not only for extensive field and archival research but also for painstaking data collection."

Mats Berdal

"The tendency to associate the actual end of an armed conflict with the formal cessation of the hostilities that accompanied it comes naturally. It also remains widespread. It is still commonplace, for example, to speak of the Second Congo War as having ended in late 2002, when an assortment of parties meeting in Pretoria committed themselves to peace on paper. In this impressive new study, Michael Boyle shows how mistaken, and potentially dangerous, is the view that the formal end of war also marks an end to violence. Expertly pulling together evidence from a wide range of era-defining case studies, he unravels the 'complex mix of personal, criminal, and political violence' that is a feature, albeit to varying degrees and assuming different forms, of all, so-called, 'post-conflict' societies. In doing so, he has provided policy makers and students of violent conflict alike with important conceptual tools for the analysis of 'post-conflict' violence more generally. Violence after War deserves a wide readership."

Monica Duffy Toft

"Despite two decades of scholarship on civil wars, little has been written on the violence that often pervades post-conflict societies—that is until now. Violence after War fills a large void in our understanding of post-conflict violence and does so with tremendous insight and detail. I recommend it highly."

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