Following the end of the Cold War, external intervention in ethnic civil war has become a regularity within the international system. Many of these interventions have promoted the establishment of democracy; in many of these instances the primary tool of peacebuilding has been the crafting of power-sharing agreements rooted in consociationalism. Much of the literature regarding ethnic civil war, external intervention, and the reoccurrence of ethnic civil war, while contributing to the broader literature, fails to analyze the intersection of these phenomena. Utilizing a method of agreement comparative case study, the relationship between external intervention in ethnic civil wars and reoccurring ethnic civil war is analyzed. This Independent Study hypothesizes that externally spurred power-sharing in response to ethnic civil war will make reoccurring ethnic civil war more likely. Subsequent hypotheses within this study adversely suggest that internally spurred power-sharing in response to ethnic civil war will reduce the likelihood of reoccurring ethnic civil war. Ultimately, this study finds some level of support for both hypotheses that have been proposed.


Valdez, John


Political Science


International Relations


Civil War, Constitutional Power-Sharing, Reoccurring Violence

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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