Postconflict Elections: War Termination, Democratization, and Demilitarizing Politics

Author
Terrence Lyons
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University
Abstract
Outcomes of transitional periods after peace agreements to halt civil wars are critical to sustaining peace and providing the basis for a long-term process of democratization. Understanding these transitional processes and designing policies to promote successful peace implementation are among the greatest challenges of the post–Cold War era. In a number of recent cases, including Angola (1992), Cambodia (1993), El Salvador (1994), Mozambique (1994), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996), and Liberia (1997), elections have been designated in the peace accord as the mechanism for ending the transition. Such postconflict elections are designed to advance two distinct but interrelated goals – war termination and democratization.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Government, Peace Studies
Political Geography
Bosnia, Herzegovina, Cambodia, Liberia, Mozambique, Angola