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Book Review: How Civil Wars Start

Dr. Robert J. Bunker

Parameters Bookshelf

29 August 2023

Barbara F. Walter is the Rohr Professor of International Relations at the University of California, San Diego, a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-moderator of the blog Political Violence at a Glance. A subject matter expert on civil war, internal conflict, and insecurity, Walter states that the purpose of How Civil Wars Start is to “acquaint [readers] with the conditions that give rise to, and define, modern civil war” to “[understand how] close modern America is to erupting into conflict” (xviii).

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