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Non-intervention in civil wars is key to aiding democracy, research shows

The more that foreign nations intervene in a civil war, the less likely the war will lead to democracy,  a Texas A&M University researcher says.

Reyko Huang, a professor of international affairs at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service, conducts macro studies of civil wars across the post-1945 period and focuses on rebel group dynamics.

In her research, Huang asks, “Why are some countries more democratic after a civil war, while others become more autocratic?” What she finds is that civil wars in which the rebel groups are more politically organized and less dependent on foreign aid are more likely to result in democratic societies.