Terrence Lyons

Terrence Lyons
Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution

Ph.D., International Relations, 1994, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
M.A., History, 1985, Michigan State University
B.A., History, 1981, University of Virginia

Biography

Terrence Lyons received his doctorate in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and served as a Fellow associated with the Conflict Resolution in Africa project at the Brookings Institution and as Senior Research and Program Leader for Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo.

Lyons’s research has focused on the relationships between protracted civil wars and processes of political development and sustainable peace, with a particular focus on Africa and on policy issues. Among Lyons’s publications are: Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2005), Voting for Peace: Postconflict Elections in Liberia (Brookings Institution, 1999), Sovereignty as Responsibility: Conflict Management in Africa (co-written with Francis M. Deng, Sadikiel Kimaro, Donald Rothchild, and I. William Zartman) (Brookings Institution, 1996), and Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction (co-written with Ahmed Samatar) (Brookings Institution, 1995). He has also co-edited two books, several working papers, and published in a range of journals and policy oriented publications.

Since coming to S-CAR in 1999, Lyons has taught a range of courses on conflict analysis, theories of conflict, and seminars on civil wars. Lyons has been a faculty advisor to the S-CAR Africa Working Group and currently serves as the Doctoral Program Coordinator.

Lyons has participated in talks to resolve conflicts in Ethiopia and served as Senior Program Advisor to the Cart



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May 29, 2012
Modern diasporas may seem far-flung and incohesive, but in fact they have an outsized impact on the politics of their homeland. Through a global range of case studies, this groundbreaking volume explores transnational diaspora politics and its effect on...
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January 01, 2011
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November 2010
Political dynamics and outcomes around the globe have been trans- formed by globalization, new patterns of human mobility, and the devel- opment of innovative transnational social networks. These new political processes are rooted in communities and networks that...
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The rise of diaspora politics poses a challenge to traditional approaches to foreign policymaking that tend to emphasize bilateral state-to-state relations, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs organized around universal, humanitarian agendas. Whether trying...
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Summer 2010
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2010
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June 2009
The Ethiopia-Eritrea border dispute is embedded within a set of domestic political conflicts in each state, is linked further through proxy conflicts to instability in Somalia and the Ogaden, and is skewed additionally by the application of Washington's global...
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2009
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September 01, 2008
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March 24, 2008
What are the relationships between theory and practice in the processes of negotiations and conflict resolution? In what ways does theory inform practice and provide analytical maps for policymakers grappling with resolving intractable conflicts? How can African...
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2008
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December 2007
Diaspora groups link processes of globalisation and transnational migration to homeland politics and conflicts. In some cases, diaspora groups produced by a specific set of traumatic memories create 'conflict-generated diasporas' that sustain and often amplify...
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December 2007
Book review of Towards a New Map of Africa, edited by Ben Wisner, Camilla Toulmin, and Rutendo Chitiga.
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February 28, 2007
The greater Horn of Africa—including Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, and Uganda—is a region of strategic importance. It is also a region in crisis.Avoiding Conflict in the Horn of Africa: U.S. Policy Toward Ethiopia and Eritrea,...
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Political dynamics around the globe have been transformed by globalization, new patterns of human mobility, and the development of innovative transnational social networks. Processes of globalization have provided openings for new actors and issues to rise to...
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December 01, 2006
Introduction and Summary of Recommendations In 2006, the Horn of Africa witnessed major escalations in several conflicts, a marked deterioration of governance in critical states, and a general unraveling of U.S. foreign policy toward the strategically located...
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December 2006
Review of Peace Operations and Global Order, edited by Alex J. Bellamy and Paul Williams.
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April 2006
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October 31, 2005
With the increasing use of elections as a tool for peacebuilding after civil war, the question of why some postconflict elections succeed and others fail is a crucial one. Tackling this question, Terrence Lyons finds the answer in the internal political dynamics...
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March 2005
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June 2004
Post-conflict elections are called upon to advance the distinct processes of both war termination and democratization. This article examines the patterns in seven cases where elections served as the final step to implement a peace agreement following a period of...
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2004
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August 01, 2003
Negotiation and mediation are the two third-party practices most commonly studied and used. We now turn to two equally important practices, both borrowed from other disciplines, and now applied to large-group, multi-party and organizational conflict: facilitation...
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May 2003
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December 2002
Why do some peace agreements successfully end civil wars, while others fail? What strategies are most effective in ensuring that warring parties comply with their treaty commitments? Of the various tasks involved in implementing peace agreements, which are the...
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December 2002
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Summer 2002
Relief organizations and analysts of complex humanitarian emergencies recognized the essential linkages between war and hunger in the 1980s, building on the lessons learned from the famines in Sudan and Ethiopia. How can international donors and nongovernmental...
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April 2002
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February 2002
Outcomes of transitional periods after peace agreements to halt civil wars are critical to sustaining peace and providing the basis for a long-term process of democratization. Understanding these transitional processes and designing policies to promote successful...
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2002
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October 01, 2001
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July 01, 2001
This comprehensive treatment of the interplay between domestic and international politics analyzes efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The authors' nuanced analysis of...
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October 1999
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July 1999
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May 1999
Review of Fault Lines: Journeys into the New South Africa, by David Goodman.
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May 1999
Review of African Guerrillas, edited by Christopher Clapham.
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April 01, 1999
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December 01, 1998
Elections have been used as a mechanism to institutionalize a new political order following internal conflict in Cambodia, El Salvador, Angola, Mozambique, Bosnia, and now Liberia. This book analyzes the Liberian transition and the July 1997 elections in order to...
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October 01, 1998
This book investigates how changing norms of sovereignty may promote better governance in Africa. It begins by tracing the evolution of the concept of sovereignty and the way, in the post-cold war era, it has been redefined to emphasize the responsibility of the...
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September 01, 1998
John Prendergast - Book Review: Frontline Diplomacy: Humanitarian Aid and Conflict in Africa - SAIS Review 18:2 SAIS Review 18.2 (1998) 234-236 Book Review Frontline Diplomacy: Humanitarian Aid and Conflict in Africa Frontline Diplomacy: Humanitarian Aid and...
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1998
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1998
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1998
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April 1997
On 7 December 1996, President Jerry Rawlings won his second multiparty election in Ghana, completing another important step in the building of sustainable political and economic institutions in that West African state. Previous elections, in 1992, ended in charges...
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January 01, 1997
"No more Somalias" has become shorthand for the perils of humanitarian intervention. Like earlier slogans-"no more Munichs," "no more Vietnams"-the catchphrase implies a set of lessons learned and perceived implications for future...
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June 01, 1996
The authors assert that sovereignty can no longer be seen as a protection against interference, but as a charge of responsibility where the state is accountable to both domestic and external constituencies. In internal conflicts in Africa, sovereign states have...
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April 01, 1996
With Africa in a period of rapid change, its leaders are faced with both rethinking old notions of state sovereignty and establishing new guidelines governing when and how international actors should intervene in domestic conflicts. This collection explores the...
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Spring 1996
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March 01, 1996
The Ethiopian transition, that began with the overthrow of military dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam in May 1991, formally ended with the swearing in of the newly elected Government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in August 1995. The intervening four years were...
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1996
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July 01, 1995
The multilateral military intervention in Somalia was one of the international community's first major attempts to respond to a dangerous new challenge in the post-cold war era--the problem of state collapse and social disintegration. Catastrophes such as Somalia...
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April 01, 1995
Baffour Agyeman-Duah's study joins a number of recent monographs on the relationship between superpower patronage and client state behavior in the horn of Africa. Robert B. Patman's The Soviet Union in the horn of Africa (Cambridge, 1990) focused on Moscow's...
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January 01, 1995
The history of United Nations peace-keeping operations represents a diverse range of experiences, encompassing forty-one missions from the UN truce Supervision Organization initiated in 1948 in the Middle East to the UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka (Croatia),...
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November 01, 1994
"Dynamics of Regional Politics" explores the patterns of international conflict and cooperation in four geographical subsystems: the Horn of Africa, the Persian/Arabian Gulf, the South Asian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia. Wriggins's book argues that...
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March 22, 1994
The crisis in Somalia is the result of the collapse of the state. Artificial states without strong social base or popular legitimacy are collapsing as superpower patronage is withdrawn and popular demands on the state rise. The best US policy is to anticipate and...
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1994
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March 01, 1993
The course that the US and the United Nations should take in the 2nd phase of intervention in Somalia is considered. A deliberate rather than rapid pace - with patience on the part of foreigners when the inevitable setbacks occur - is recommended, as this will...
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March 1993
Review of The Insecurity Dilemma: National Security of Third World States, edited by Brian L. Job.
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Winter 1992
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March 1990
Review of Transformation and Continuity in Revolutionary Ethiopia, by Christopher Clapham; The Ethiopian Transformation: The Quest for the Post-Imperial State, by John W. Harbeson and Revolutionary Ethiopia: From Empire to People’s Republic, by Edmond J....
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Review of Reassessing the Soviet Challenge in Africa, edited by Michael Clough.
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ICAR graduate Ibrahim Sharqieh has been named a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Brookings Institution’s Doha
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November 01, 2010
Terrence Lyons, an Associate Professor at the school for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, coordinating deployment of
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September 29, 2010
Ethiopia is a critical American ally and partner in the horn of Africa. But in the run-up to national elections this
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May 17, 2010
Horn of Africa experts in the United States say there will be no contest in Ethiopia's parliamentary election Sunday.
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The Africa Program and Leadership Project are pleased to invite you to the Wilson Center on:Tuesday, November 19, 20139:30am-11:00am5th Floor Conference Room  Featuring: Daniel Kebede  Southern Voices African Research Scholar, The Wilson Center    Melanie
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National Reconciliation and the Search for Peace and Stability in the Post-Arab Spring Middle EastThursday, September 26th3:00 to 4:30Metropolitan Building 5th Floor, room 5183Part 1: Presentation Par
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Dissertation Defense: Ashad Sentongo Re-imagining Decentralization: Improving of Relationships between Ethnic Groups and the State in Uganda Part 1: Presentation 
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Social Mobilization in Morocco: February 20 movement, Local Tansikiyats, and the Struggle for Real Change?Fatima HadjiTuesday, June 11; 10:00AM - 12:00PMTruland Building, 7th Floor Conference Room  Committee members: Dr. Terrence Lyons (Chair) Dr. Agnieszka Paczynska Dr. Bassam
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 Researchers and experts on Arab politics have often debated the role of political Shiism as a source of regional instability and conflict following the 2003 U.S-Iraq war. Some argue that the expansion of political Shiism in the Arab world is a quest for political leadership resulting from a
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Mason’s Center for Global Studies celebrated its 10th annual spring conference last week, welcoming students, faculty, academics, policy makers, and members of the public for two days of presentations of innovative research and discussion on the challenges of peacebuilding in the world today
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