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8 JEMIE 1 (2009)

handle is hein.journals/jemie2009 and id is 1 raw text is: Challenges to Civil War Research

Introduction to the Special Issue on Civil War and Conflicts
Dorte Andersen, Ulrike Barten', Peter S. Jensen*
From 1945 to 1999, there were roughly 130 civil wars that each killed at least 1,000 people.1 As of 2009,
there are still many ongoing civil conflicts, e.g. in Sudan, Pakistan and Iraq. Civil wars and conflicts have
been the subject of much research from many different perspectives. Historians, anthropologists, economists,
political scientists, lawyers and sociologists have all studied them. It is, however, rare that these researchers
cooperate and exchange ideas. For that reason, the Department of Border Region Studies organized a
multidisciplinary conference entitled, 'The Roots of Civil Wars and Conflicts and Their Influence on the
Transformations of State and Civil Society Institutions' held at Alsion, University of Southern Denmark,
Sonderborg.
Thus, this Special Issue presents papers related to the topic of civil wars approached by scholars from
different fields. The first article 'Disaggregated Perspectives on Civil War and Ethnic Conflict: Prospects of
an Emerging Research Agenda', written by Tim Dertwinkel, presents an economic/political science approach
to the study of civil war. The second article is Kenneth Ohlenschlger Buhl's 'Legalization of Civil Wars:
The Legal Institutionalization of Non-International Armed Conflicts', which presents a legal understanding
of civil war. These two articles relate to the concept of civil war as well as its implications for their
respective fields. The third article is Steen Bo Frandsen's 'The Breakup of a Composite State and the
Construction of a National Conflict: Denmark and the Duchies in the 19th Century', which brings in a
+ Dorte Andersen is Assistant Professor in cultural analysis and cultural theory in the Department of Border Region
Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. She holds a PhD in Continental Philosophy from University of Essex,
an MA in Political Discourse Analysis from University of Essex and a BA in European Ethnology from the University
of Copenhagen.
, Ulrike Barten received her LLM in International Law from the University of Glasgow. She has been with the
Department of Border Region Studies since 2006. Currently, she is working on her PhD in minorities and the right to
internal self-determination.
* Peter Sandholt Jensen holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aarhus and is an Associate Professor in
Regional Economics at the Danish Institute of Rural Research and Development at University of Southern Denmark.
His research interests are in Economic Development, Public Finance and Civil Conflict.
1 j. Fearon and D. Laitin, Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War, 97 American Political Science Review (2003), 75-90.

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