Reconciliation between countries following a war or a series of wars has attracted little scholarly attention as a phenomenon to be studied even though it receives journalistic coverage and past cases of reconciliation have been extensively described. This paper uses four international events datasets to explore whether reconciliation events have a discernible impact on the relations between countries, and if so, the nature of that impact. The paper describes the objectives of this project, the hypotheses tested, the data used, and the results obtained. The results suggest that reconciliation events have an impact, at least in some cases. However, limitations of the data constrain what can be asserted. The paper then discusses how to continue this research by linking to other research questions and theoretical schools and by focusing our next study on eight cases.
Brecke, Peter and Long, William J., "War and Reconciliation" (1998). College of Law CNCR-Hewlett Foundation Seed Grant White Papers. Paper 11.