Forum Analyzes Peace Building by Adapting Military Mobilization

Posted: April 4, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Terrence Lyons, assistant professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR), discusses today at noon how institutions, such as militias that use violence to gain power during war, may be transformed into peacebuilding entities, including political parties.

In his lecture, “Transforming Militias into Political Parties: Institutional Incentives in Peace Implementation,” Lyons will draw from his research on peace implementation in four civil wars in Central America and Africa.

“This presentation will analyze the strategies of mass mobilization used by militias to understand how different incentives and opportunities can promote institutional change and sustainable peace,” says Lyons. “In El Salvador and Mozambique, militia seized opportunities and responded to incentives to transform themselves into political parties capable of functioning effectively in the context of peace, while in Angola and Liberia militarized organizations retained their wartime institutional structure and failed to support peace.”

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on research and practice of conflict resolution and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax.

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