Institutional Bridges to Peace and Democracy?
USIP Press Books
December 2007
352 pp., 6" x 9"
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"Editors Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo highlight the growing prominence of the international community in attempts to moderate conflict and bring about the cessation of hostilities. The sheer number of countries covered in the volume provides a great resource for anyone interested in developing a better understanding of recent efforts at conflict settlement, democracy-building, and international activity. Interim Governments is a valuable and worthwhile volume that integrates the perspectives of both comparative politics and international relations. Graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and policy makers alike will all benefit from the thoughtful analyses provided in the book."

— International Studies Review

“Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo have assembled a first-rate group of authors to examine this phenomenon from both historical and functional perspectives. Their conclusions will sometimes surprise—for instance, that imposed nondemocratic regimes have proven more enduring than democratic ones—and always inform. Interim Governments is thus to be welcomed as an important addition to our understanding of how efforts at state building, democratization, and post-conflict reconstruction actually play out.”

—James Dobbins, Director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center, RAND Corporation
This edited volume by Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo explores various aspects of the newly emerging range of interim regimes, focusing on issues of legitimacy, conflict management, and the increasing participation of the international community in transitions from war to peace. Through a set of theoretical and case-study chapters, they and the volume’s contributing authors ask and answer key questions: What sorts of interim governments are in use around the world today, and how do they affect the quality of regime that results once the interim period has ended? How does international involvement affect the balance of power between domestic elites? How does the type of interim regime affect the nature of the post-transition government? Is democracy always the outcome?

Timely, insightful, and compelling, Interim Governments provides important insights in a world where terms such as “regime change” and “nation building” have become common currency and will be a valuable tool for practitioners and academics alike.

Karen Guttieri is a faculty member of the Naval Postgraduate School, engaged in research and education initiatives on globalization, stability operations, and conflict prevention with the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation.

Jessica Piombo is an Assistant Professor and Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and a research associate at Stanford's Center for African Studies.


  • Issues and Debates in Transitional Rule - Karen Guttieri and Jessica Piombo
  • Knocking on Heaven's Door - Antonio Donini
  • Interim Governments and the Construction of Political Elites - Carrie L. Manning
  • Executive Powersharing Systems - Donald Rothchild
  • Must They Go Through Hobbes? - Andrew Enterline and J. Michael Greig
  • Multiple Transitions and Interim Governance in El Salvador and Guatemala - William D. Stanley
  • Inchoate Opposition, Divided Incumbents - Michael S. Malley
  • Transitional Governance in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo - Devon Curtis
  • Interim Government in Liberia - E. Philip Morgan
  • International Interim Governments, Democratization, and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding - Aurel Croissant
  • State Building Before Statehood - Lenard J. Cohen
  • Interim Notions of Statehood in Bosnia - Mark Baskin
  • Afghanistan's Post-Taliban Transition - Thomas H. Johnson
  • Is This Any Way to Run an Occupation? - Christina Caan, Beth C. DeGrasse, Paul Hughes, and Daniel P. Serwer
  • Conclusions and Policy Implications - Daniel P. Serwer

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