Hall of Languages

Spoilers of Peace

The successful de-escalation of violent intrastate conflicts often requires efforts to accommodate, defeat, sideline, or undermine those that adopt ‘spoiling’ tactics during the course of peace building initiatives. Spoiling behavior includes the use of coercive tactics in an effort to strengthen the hand of hardliners on each side of the conflict. By staging spectacular attacks, assassinations, or other forms of violent expression, spoilers often succeed in outraging citizens, sidelining moderates, and further exacerbating the insecurity, fear, and hatred felt on both sides of the conflict.

Spoilers of Peace is a collaborative research initiative between the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs and the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse University. Part of the project involves developing case-studies on spoiling behavior across various regions of the world for comparative purposes.