Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Spring 2020

Department 1

Political Science


More and more research has begun to look at the impact that religion has on armed conflict. This paper takes a closer look at religious polarization and the impact that it has on the duration of civil wars. The central hypothesis focuses on the idea that polarized societies are less likely to reach a settlement in conflict; therefore, religious polarization should lengthen the duration of civil wars. The research compiled looks at the topic from a variety of different facets while paying attention to other possible contributing factors that can lengthen war and how religion in general plays a role in conflict. While this particular data set shows that there is no significant correlation between religious polarization and the duration of intrastate conflict, further research is warranted.


Written for POL 351: The Political Economy of Armed Conflict.

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