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Government veto players and civil conflict termination(2022_1_40_004)


This research considers why some civil conflicts are more difficult to end than others. To answer this question, the civil conflict literature tends to focus on military factors such as relative military strength and rebel dynamics. What remains underexplored is how government dynamics affect the duration of civil conflict and its outcomes. Their impacts should loom larger in countries that simultaneously undergo civil conflict and electoral competition. Building on the “veto player” approach, this research looks into how the relationship among government actors as well as their incentives affect the conflict-ending policy of a chief executive. To this end, it employs qualitative analyses to test how and when government veto players are likely to affect the duration of a civil conflict and its outcomes.


April 2022 - March 2023

Leader of the Research Project

Watanabe, Aya


Paper Submission to Peer-Reviewed Journal