I am teaching a class today in how civil wars and insurgencies end. I am also, meanwhile, writing my column for World Politics Review this week on the conflict in Syria. The following articles, then, have been on my mind as I think about how the conflict there might end:
Stephen John Stedman, "Spoiler Problems in Peace Processes," International Security 22:2 (Fall 1997), pp.
(CNN) -- Syria's government on Thursday dismissed a U.N. official's claim that its conflict has turned into a full-scale civil war, saying the description contradicts the nature of the fight. "Any talk about civil war in Syria doesn... Read Post
She warned that such action "will escalate the conflict quite dramatically." Meanwhile, the U.N.'s peacekeeping chief said the conflict is now a full-scale civil war. Read Post