Democratization as an impetus for peace talks in civil wars

Arı, Barış ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1300-8880 (2022) Democratization as an impetus for peace talks in civil wars. Conflict Management and Peace Science. ISSN 0738-8942

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Abstract

Costs associated with recognizing an internal armed challenger as a legitimate bargaining partner deter governments from initiating peace talks. Yet, peaceful termination of conflict requires formal negotiations between the belligerents. This article presents evidence that democratic reforms provide a window of opportunity for peace talks. Democratic reforms represent an opportunity to break away from the past policies of the state and render the conflict as an artifact of the preceding authoritarian institutions. The article contributes to the research field by enhancing our ability to predict negotiations. It also highlights that democratic reforms can be undertaken during an ongoing civil conflict.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: peace process,civil war,negotiation,democratization,conflict resolution,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/peace_justice_and_strong_institutions
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/83340
DOI: 10.1177/07388942221081792

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