State instability, fragility and conflict pose a global security threat. We expect to see an increase in the use of conflict prevention, cessation, and recovery interventions in coming years as a result. Practitioners still lack answers to questions of critical importance from designing effective interventions relating to the appropriate modes of intervention before and during conflict; effective disarmament and reintegration strategies for combatants; and necessary procedures for consolidating post-conflict peace.
This dissertation uses a variety of social science research methods to answer three research questions related to these issues. How well do current models of faction behavior predict faction participation, behavior and overall levels of violence in a specific conflict? What effects do aid-funded or informal reintegration programs have on returning soldiers? And, how can useful degrees of trust and cooperation be created in a post-conflict environment?
This dissertation should be of particular interest to those engaged in designing and implementing conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery programs.