Civil war

Civil war - Civil war costs and benefits Source: Lecture...

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Civil war – costs and benefits Source: Lecture Week 7 Monday Definition: 1. A war between government and a rebel organization excludes wars between two ethnic groups there must be a purpose, structure, leadership, etc. 2. Battle deaths exceed a threshold- typically 1000/yr 3. Each side suffers at least 5% of these deaths excludes a government organizing a slaughter According to prof, Ross civil wars can be good and bad. Potentially good outcomes can be the overthrow of an oppressive government (for ex. Libya, could potentially create a better government if rebels win), also wars of secession or independence like the U.S. revolutionary war. Also civil wars that create nations with more logical borders, i.e. the dissolution of Yugoslavia, which was a very ethno- linguistically fractionalized state into several smaller, more cohesive nations (although fractionalization is NOT supposedly a causal factor for civil war), also the U.S. civil war that ended slavery can be seen as positive.
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course IDS 100B taught by Professor Ross during the Spring '11 term at UCLA.

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