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Soft Intervention and the Transformation of Militias into Political Parties

Terrence Lyons

in Strengthening Peace in Post-Civil War States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226351247
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226351261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226351261.003.0007
Soft Intervention and the Transformation of Militias into Political Parties

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This chapter examines the potential role of soft intervention in transforming the armed groups once engaged in civil war violence into entities supportive of peace. Considering several cases at the critical moment immediately following the signing of a settlement, it assesses the degree of success associated with efforts to change militias organized for the promotion of violence into political parties organized to engage in peaceful political competition. It argues that this is a crucial step in the peace process because demilitarizing political actors limits their capacity to derail the peace process. It notes that in certain cases tactics of soft intervention played an important role in efforts to either reward or punish domestic political actors who had an influence over the peace process.

Keywords: civil wars; soft interventions; political parties; militias

Chapter.  7078 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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