Fighting Over Peace

Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence

  • Andrew G. Reiter

Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 163-190

About this book


This book presents post-peace agreement violence as a serious, yet predictable and manageable, political phenomenon. Negotiating an end to a civil war is extremely difficult, and many signed peace agreements subsequently unravel, ushering in renewed conflict. In response, important international actors have become increasingly involved in conflict mediation, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction around the globe. Policymakers and scholars alike have identified spoilers—violent actors who often rise up and attempt to challenge or derail the peace process—as one of the greatest threats to peace. Using a mixed-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative analyses of a newly created, global dataset of spoiling, Reiter demonstrates that this type of violence occurs in predictable circumstances and only represents a threat to peace under specific conditions. The book also shows that spoiling often serves to bring agreement flaws and implementation failures to light and in turn forces actors to recommit to an accord, thereby strengthening peace in the long term. 


Spoiling Spoilers Peace Peace Agreements Peace Negotiations Peace Processses Peacemaking Political Violence Civil Wars War

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrew G. Reiter
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  1. 1.Department of PoliticsMount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyUSA

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