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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 May 2010

Anna K. Jarstad
Affiliation:
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Conflict and Democracy Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Uppsala University Sweden
Timothy D. Sisk
Affiliation:
Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) University of Denver
Anna K. Jarstad
Affiliation:
Uppsala Universitet, Sweden
Timothy D. Sisk
Affiliation:
University of Denver
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Summary

Introducing democracy in the wake of civil war raises a stark question: How can societies shattered by war, with all the deep social enmity, personal suffering, and economic devastation that war brings, simultaneously move toward peace and democracy when competitive politics and hard-fought elections exacerbate social and political conflict? This book explores this question from two somewhat disparate strands of scholarly research: democratic transition theory and practice, which emphasizes, in the move from authoritarian rule to more democratic politics, elite-negotiated democratization pacts, popular mobilization, political party transformation, constitution making, electoral design, and resurrection of civil society; and theory and practice of post-war peacebuilding, with its emphasis on the elite and public negotiation of comprehensive peace agreements, the search for security through cease-fires, demobilization of armed forces, inclusion and reconciliation, external security guarantees, and long-term conflict transformation.

Introducing democracy in the wake of war has become a standard practice: since the 1990s, democratization is an integral part of international peacebuilding missions in the wake of civil war. Democracy and peace – two often-desired goals – are promoted in war-torn societies shattered by war. However, today's headlines – from Afghanistan, Kosovo, Nepal, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to name but a few – reflect the evident dilemmas of war-to-democracy transitions. In these and other cases, democracy and peace do not always move forward hand in hand: sometimes, advances in democratization threaten peace, and the compromises necessary for peace restrict or defer democratization.

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From War to Democracy
Dilemmas of Peacebuilding
, pp. 1 - 14
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2008

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  • Introduction
    • By Anna K. Jarstad, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Conflict and Democracy Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Uppsala University Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) University of Denver
  • Edited by Anna K. Jarstad, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver
  • Book: From War to Democracy
  • Online publication: 14 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511755859.001
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  • Introduction
    • By Anna K. Jarstad, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Conflict and Democracy Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Uppsala University Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) University of Denver
  • Edited by Anna K. Jarstad, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver
  • Book: From War to Democracy
  • Online publication: 14 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511755859.001
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  • Introduction
    • By Anna K. Jarstad, Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Conflict and Democracy Program, Department of Peace and Conflict Research Uppsala University Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) University of Denver
  • Edited by Anna K. Jarstad, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden, Timothy D. Sisk, University of Denver
  • Book: From War to Democracy
  • Online publication: 14 May 2010
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511755859.001
Available formats
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