No. 79: Post-Conflict Democratization
Pitfalls of External Influence
Author(s): Judith Vorrath
Editor(s): Daniel Trachsler
Series: CSS Analysis in Security Policy
Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich
Publication Year: 2010
Democratization efforts are a core element in transition phases after armed conflicts. Often, these are initiated and supported by external actors – with ambivalent results so far. However, democratization will remain an important component of peacebuilding. A review of the problems of external influence in such processes reveals a potential for optimization in three areas: More conscious handling of trade-offs, conceptual precision, and a dynamic conflict analysis are crucial.