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Dr. T. David Mason is is the Johnie Christian Family Peace Professor at the University of North Texas and Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly. He has held faculty positions at Mississippi State University (1981-92) and the University of Memphis (1992-2002). He is the author of Caught in the Crossfire: Revolution, Repression, and the Rational Peasant (Rowman & Littlefield 2004) and co-editor (with James Meernik) of Conflict Prevention and Peace-building in Post-War Societies: Sustaining the Peace (Routledge, 2006) as well over 40 book chapters and journal articles in such journals as American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Terrorism and Political Violence, Social Science Quarterly, Public Choice, and Comparative Political Studies. Dr. Mason holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.
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Authored by Dr. T. David Mason.
Since the end of World War II, there have been four times as many civil wars as interstate wars. The introduction of peacekeeping forces, investment in economic development and reconstruction, and the establishment of democratic political institutions tailored to the configuration of ethnic and religious cleavages in the society also affect the durability of peace after civil war. In applying these propositions in an analysis of the civil war in Iraq, what can be done to bring the Iraq conflict to an earlier, less destructive, and more stable conclusion?