Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy

Mar 4, 2014

Michael Colaresi researched 136 civil wars from 1936 to 2007 for his recent study, “With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy? The Effect of Transnational Support from Rivals on Post-Conflict Democratization.”
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There’s probably never been a time in history when there wasn’t war and conflict going on somewhere in the world, but amid the Arab Spring and the situation between Russia and Ukraine, right now seems like an especially good time to talk to an expert on international conflict.

Michael Colaresi is an associate professor in the department of Political Science at MSU, and he’s responsible for a recent study that looks at what happens when outside countries get involved in civil wars.