Foreign Interventions and Abuse of Civilians During the Peruvian Civil War

50 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2010

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David Fielding

University of Otago - School of Business - Department of Economics

Anja Shortland

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: August 2010

Abstract

The international community has a declared intention to protect innocent civilians from direct and deliberate violence in civil conflicts, but its track record of actually doing so is mixed. Using a new monthly time-series data set, we explore the factors associated with variations in the number of civilians killed or wounded by participants in the civil war in Peru during the 1980s and 1990s. We find that an increase in the level of abuse by one side is strongly associated with subsequent increases in the level of abuse by the other. Certain types of foreign intervention had a large and statistically significant impact on the level of abuse; some types of intervention raised the level of violence, but others reduced it.

Keywords: Peru, civil war, conflict, abuse against civilians

Suggested Citation

Fielding, David and Shortland, Anja, Foreign Interventions and Abuse of Civilians During the Peruvian Civil War (August 2010). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1051, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1679772 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1679772

David Fielding (Contact Author)

University of Otago - School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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New Zealand

Anja Shortland

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstra├če 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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