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David D. Laitin, James D. Fearon
Argument, Political Science
"Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War" is a political science article about the factors that contribute to a country's risk of civil war or violence. The article was published in the February 2003 issue of The American Political Science Review. The article explores common misconceptions about risk factors for civil war and violence by analyzing data. David D. Laitin and James D. Fearon found that poverty and state weakness were the main causes of civil war. Thousands of academic papers and books cite this influential article. The article is frequently assigned as reading for political science college courses.
Dr. David D. Laitin, Ph.D., and Dr. James D. Fearon, Ph.D., are both political science professors at Stanford University. They share the research interests of civil war, ethnic conflict, and failed states. They have co-authored several papers on these topics.
In "Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War" David D. Laitin and James D. Fearon use data to analyze which factors increase the risk of civil war and violence. The authors prove that factors like ethnicity and religion have little impact on the likelihood of civil war. The authors find that the conditions that increase the possibility of civil war are poverty and state weakness. Both of these factors work in favor of creating and sustaining an insurgency.
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