Ethnicity, Political Leaders and Violence: The Aftermath of the Hariri-Killing

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This study presents the first in a series of case studies on ethnically charged situations that could potentially give rise to violent conflict. Using process tracing, the present paper seeks to explain the non-occurrence of ethnic violence in the aftermath of the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri in February 2005. Initial results indicate that political actors were keenly aware of
ethnicity as a mobilizing instrument, but had neither a need nor an incentive for escalation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages36
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Pan-European Conference on International Relations - Torino, Italy
Duration: 12 Sept 200715 Sept 2007


Conference6th Pan-European Conference on International Relations


  • Cedar revolution
  • ethnic conflict
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • political leaders
  • Process tracing

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