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Strengthening Peace in Post-Civil War StatesTransforming Spoilers into Stakeholders$
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Matthew Hoddie and Caroline A. Hartzell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226351247

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226351261.001.0001

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Soft Intervention and the Transformation of Militias into Political Parties

Soft Intervention and the Transformation of Militias into Political Parties

(p.145) Seven Soft Intervention and the Transformation of Militias into Political Parties
Strengthening Peace in Post-Civil War States

Terrence Lyons

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the potential role of soft intervention in transforming the armed groups once engaged in civil war violence into entities supportive of peace. Considering several cases at the critical moment immediately following the signing of a settlement, it assesses the degree of success associated with efforts to change militias organized for the promotion of violence into political parties organized to engage in peaceful political competition. It argues that this is a crucial step in the peace process because demilitarizing political actors limits their capacity to derail the peace process. It notes that in certain cases tactics of soft intervention played an important role in efforts to either reward or punish domestic political actors who had an influence over the peace process.

Keywords:   civil wars, soft interventions, political parties, militias

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