Lecture: Do Interventions Start Civil Wars?


Location: Hesburgh Center, Room C103

Patrick Regan, professor of political science, Binghamton University; visiting fellow, Kroc Institute

Conventional wisdom suggests that outside interveners in politically unstable countries provide the means for rebels to challenge their governments, thereby starting civil wars that otherwise might not happen. Using new data on interventions in countries at risk of civil war, Regan tests arguments about whether interventions generate a return to political stability or the outbreak of war.

Patrick Regan’s interests revolve around issues of violent conflict and its resolution, particularly in the context of civil war. His work covers a range of issues such as the militarization of societies, determinants of human rights violations, negotiations in international conflict resolution, the onset of civil war, and interventions in civil wars.

Free and open to the public.