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What makes a country ripe for civil war? Its ethnic rivalries? Its regime? Its wealth, or lack thereof? The profile of a nation in civil war is riddled with contributing factors that are both unique and complex. Yet, as a book co-authored by a Wayne State scholar explains, there are common themes linking internal conflicts happening across the globe. These themes offer clues for successful conflict resolution and sustained peace. Frederic Pearson, Ph.D., professor of political science and director of Wayne State’s Center for Peace and Conflict, and Marie Olson Lounsbery, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at East Carolina University, co-authored Civil Wars: Internal Struggles, Global Consequences, to be a comprehensive study of war that occurs within states. Pearson and Lounsbery surveyed the literature on civil wars and infused it with their own research to create a composite picture of the factors that ignite civil wars, the dynamics of ongoing civil war and the components of successful and permanent resolutions.