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An Introduction to Civil Wars

An Introduction to Civil Wars

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Security & Conflict

October 2014 | 312 pages | CQ Press
There are currently more than 30 active civil wars worldwide. An Introduction to Civil Wars provides a comprehensive overview of the civil wars that have taken place globally since World War II. The text opens with a discussion of the human and economic costs of civil war, and then systematically examines all aspects of civil wars: civil war patterns, types, and causes; the effect of natural resources; conflict duration, outcomes, and termination; peace agreements; counterinsurgency; terrorism; international intervention; and post-conflict issues. Author Karl DeRouen, Jr. draws on the latest empirical research and major theoretical debates and connects them to extended case studies of current conflict. Pedagogical features -- tables, figures, maps, photos, a comprehensive bibliography, lists of suggested readings, and an Appendix listing all civil wars since 1946 -- make the book an especially useful research tool for undergraduates and graduate students in political science and public policy.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Theme of the Book

The Basics of Civil War

Civil War Onset

The Duration of Civil Wars

Outcome and Termination of Civil Wars

Civil War Recurrence

Civil War Patterns


Suggested Reading

Chapter 2: Costs of Civil War


Economic Costs

Crime and Violence



Conflict Management Implications


Suggested Reading

Chapter 3: Civil War Dynamics
Civil War Types and Trends

Civil War Tactics

Conflict Management Implications


Suggested Reading

Chapter 4: What Causes Civil War?
Approaches to Civil War Onset

Ethno-Religious Civil War

Conflict Management Implications


Suggested Reading

Chapter 5: Natural Resources and Civil War
Natural Resources and the Resource Curse

Resources and Conflict

Oil, Diamonds, Illicit Drugs, and Timber


Suggested Reading

Chapter 6: The Termination of Civil War and Post-Conflict Issues
Types and Trends in Civil War Outcomes

Types of Peace Agreements

Post-Conflict Issues

Implications for Conflict Management


Suggested Reading

Chapter 7: International Intervention
Types of International Interventions


Peace Agreements and Military Provisions


Humanitarian Law

Implications for Conflict Management


Suggested Reading

Chapter 8: Terrorism and Civil War
What is Terrorism?

Incidence of Terrorism

Tactics, Targets, and Means

Terrorism During Civil War

Causes of Terrorism

Characteristics and Structure of Terrorist Groups

Islam, Civil War, and Terrorism

Conflict Termination and Terrorist Spoilers

Case Studies

Implications for Conflict Management


Suggested Reading

Chapter 9: Conclusion
Civil War Costs and Trends

Overview of Conclusions and Policy Implications

Final Word


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Karl R. DeRouen, II

Karl DeRouen Jr. is Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies B.A program at The University of Alabama. His work focuses on civil war, conflict management and international political economy. His recently published books include Introduction to Civil Wars (2014, CQ Press), Routledge Handbook of Civil Wars (2014, Routledge, co-edited with Edward Newman) and Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (2010, Cambridge University Press; with Alex Mintz). His work has also appeared in Journal of Politics, Journal of Peace Research, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of... More About Author

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