Since the European Enlightenment scholarly interest in revolutions has greatly dwarfed the interest in civil war, and whilst revolutions have often been glamorized in history, civil war has had almost exclusively negative connotations. But the last two decades have seen a resurgence of interest in civil war amongst the academic community. Has this vindicated the view that civil war is a uniquely destructive form of conflict?
Bill Kissane is Associate Professor in Politics in the LSE Department of Government and a member of the Conflict Research Group. He is author of Nations Torn Asunder: the Challenge of Civil War.
Anthony Loyd is a roving foreign correspondent for The Times. He began reporting for The Times in Bosnia over twenty years ago. He has since covered conflicts around the world and won four major awards for the newspaper for his coverage from Syria.
Denisa Kostovicova (@DenisaKost) is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Government Department and a Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the Department of International Development at LSE.
The Conflict Research Group (CRG) is a multi-disciplinary research and consultancy unit. Its members include leading experts in conflict-related research from five of LSE's academic departments, including Government, International Relations, Sociology, the Methodology Institute, and the European Institute.
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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".
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