PS_15 - Article 17 Why do some Civil Wars Last Longer than...

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Article 17 Why do some Civil Wars Last Longer than Others? James D. Fearon 1. The highest number of civil wars was in 1994 with 44 civil wars. This was about 1/4 of the world's states. This number did not increase to this level because of the end of the Cold War. It did however, cause an increase in the number of states in a civil war. Civil Wars broke out at a rate of 2.3 per year and ended at a rate of 1.85 per year. 16 years is the average duration of a civil war. The range duration of the number of years is large depending on the type of civil war, and external/internal factors. 2. There are five classes of civil wars that make the wars end quickly or last for while. .. coup attempts and popular revolutions = brief civil war o mass demonstrations in capital city o examples: Argentina, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Iraq (1959), Yemen anti-colonial wars = brief o peripheral insurgencies- rural guerrilla insurgencies on the borders = long civil war o very expensive for colonial power, especially after WWII and a lack of public support for another war o excludes France/Algeria conflict and some of Portugal's colonies wars associated with the breakup of the USSR and Yugoslavia = brief
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