Research Activities

Research Projects 2023

Politics of Peace-making: A Veto Player Approach to Conflict Termination in the Philippines and Sri Lanka


This research plan poses a question on why some civil conflicts are more difficult to end than others. To answer this question, the existing 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 civil conflict duration 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 plan looks into how the relationship among government actors and their incentives affect conflict-ending policy of a chief executive. In doing so, it employs both qualitative and quantitative analyses to test and examine how and when government veto players are likely to support or oppose the executive’s conflict-ending policy, affecting an outcome of peace negotiations.


April 2023 - March 2025

Role Member
[ Organizer ] Watanabe, Aya
Expected Outcome
  • Book published by External Publisher (English)