Lecture Focuses on ‘Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence’

Andrew G. Reiter

Andrew G. Reiter, assistant professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College, will speak on “Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence” on Thursday, March 5 at 1 p.m. in the Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall - 160 East.

His talk will examine who attempts to “spoil” civil war peace agreements, when and why do they do so, and how threatening violent actions may be. Reiter will explain the emergence of spoilers, discuss their impact and outline effective strategies to manage them and, in turn, safeguard peace processes.

Reiter is an emerging scholar in the fields of conflict resolution and post-authoritarian and post-conflict reconstruction, particular issues concerning transitional justice. He is the co-author of “Transitional Justice in Balance: Comparing Processes, Weighing Efficacy” and has published in academic journals such as Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Law & Society Review and Armed Forces & Society.

Reiter has also consulted for several governments, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations on peace processes and post-conflict transitional justice decisions. In particular, he has been drawn on for questions concerning the use of amnesties as a peacemaking tool and the pursuit of justice and truth for former combatants and members of the armed forces.

The talk is part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Conflict and Violence, which promotes interdisciplinary exchanges among faculty and graduate students interested in the topics of conflict, violence and peace, from a wide range of departments across campus.

The program is sponsored by the psychology of peace and violence program in the department of psychological and brain sciences.