“When Dictators Fall: Preventing Violent Conflict during Transitions from Authoritarian Rule”

Associate Member, Dirk Druet, now has a new publication with the United Nations, co-authored with Adam Day and Luise Quaritsch: “When Dictators Fall: Preventing Violent Conflict during Transitions from Authoritarian Rule.”

This paper concerns the transitions out of entrenched authoritarian rule, the often volatile moments when new leadership comes into power. Some transitions take place peacefully, largely within constitutional order, but others may descend into civil unrest or even escalate into all-out civil war. In support the UN’s prevention mandate, this project is driven by the question, why does one country peacefully transition out of authoritarian rule while another falls into violent conflict, and what can the UN do to influence pathways away from violence?

To read the full paper: https://cpr.unu.edu/when-dictators-fall.html

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