Social Contracts, Civil Conflicts and International Peacemaking

MICROCON Policy Briefing No. 4

Posted: 22 Sep 2008

Date Written: September 19, 2008


The regularity with which peace deals break down and civil wars resume is well established. This briefing looks at the factors that drive violent conflicts, and the factors that may undermine peace deals, including those brokered and supported by international third parties. For peace to last, agreements must be viable, credible and enforceable, and the commitment of donors must not be in doubt. For these conditions to be in place, conflict resolution must be in donors' interests.

Keywords: Civil war, Social Contract, Aid for Peace

JEL Classification: C78, D72, D74, D83

Suggested Citation

Murshed, Syed Mansoob, Social Contracts, Civil Conflicts and International Peacemaking (September 19, 2008). MICROCON Policy Briefing No. 4, Available at SSRN:

Syed Mansoob Murshed (Contact Author)

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