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Measuring Peace: Principles, Practices, and Politics

How can we know if the peace that has been established following a civil war is a stable peace? More than half of all countries that experienced civil war since World War II have suffered a relapse into violent conflict, in some cases more than once. This book argues that efforts to build peace are hampered by the lack of effective means of assessing progress towards the achievement of a consolidated peace.

About the Author

Richard Caplan
Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford; Member, IWPR UK & US Governance Committees

Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations at the University of Oxford. He has written extensively on international organizations and conflict management, specifically on post-conflict peace- and state-building. He is the author of International Governance of War-Torn Territories (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and the editor of Exit Strategies and State Building (OUP, 2012) and Europe's New Nationalism: States and Minorities in Conflict (OUP, 1996). He has served as a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons, a consultant to the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.

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