Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

High Stakes and Low Bars: How International Recognition Shapes the Conduct of Civil Wars

    Author:
  • Marika Landau-Wells
| Summer 2018

Summary

The balance in civil wars between rebel groups and ruling regimes can be shifted by the decision of other states to recognize one party as the government. Usually, whichever party controls the capital city is recognized, but this generates perverse incentives and can fuel long-term state weakness. 

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Marika Landau-Wells, "High Stakes and Low Bars: How International Recognition Shapes the Conduct of Civil Wars," Vol. 43, No. 1 (Summer 2018), pp. 100–137, doi:10.1162/isec_a_00321.

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