Fighting Over Peace: Spoilers, Peace Agreements, and the Strategic Use of Violence


Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 01:00


Andrew G. Reiter
Andrew G. Reiter
Commonwealth Honors College Event Hall - 160 East    1:00 - 2:00 P.M.
Refreshments will be served

Who attempts to “spoil” civil war peace agreements, when and why do they do so, and how threatening are their violent actions? Andrew Reiter will address this important international security concern: explaining the emergence of spoilers; discussing their impact; and outlining effective strategies to manage them and, in turn, safeguard peace processes.

Andrew G. 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 (USIP Press, 2010), and has published widely 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 NGOs 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.