U.S. Institute of Peace Press

Minorities at Risk in the New Century

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 $29.95 (Paperback)

USIP Press Books
June 2000
448 pp. , 6" x 9"

Picking up where Minorities at Risk left off, Peoples Versus States offers an expanded and updated perspective on ethnic and nationalist conflict throughout the world, as well as efforts to manage it.

Ted Gurr surveys the behavior of 275 politically active ethnic groups during the 1990s and pinpoints the factors that encourage the assertion of ethnic identities. Whereas his highly acclaimed 1993 book presented a disturbing picture of spreading ethnic violence, this volume documents a pronounced decline since the early 1990s—a decline attributable, in part at least, to many states abandoning strategies of assimilation and control in favor of policies of pluralism and accommodation.

Nonetheless, Gurr identifies some ninety groups as being at significant risk of conflict and repression in the early 21st century. And he cautions that the emerging global regime of principles and strategies governing relations between communal groups and states is far from perfect or universally effective.


Ted Robert Gurr is distinguished professor at the University of Maryland and director of the Minorities at Risk project at the university's Center for International Development and Conflict Management. He has written or edited eighteen books and monographs, including Minorities at Risk: A Global View of Ethnopolitical Conflicts (USIP Press).

Browse Inside the Book


  • The Ethnic Basis of Political Action
  • The Rise and Decline of Ethnopolitical Conflict
  • The Etiology of Ethnopolitcal Conflict
  • Incentives for Ethnopolitical Conflict
  • Democratic Governance and Strategies of Accommodation
  • The Challenge of Resolving Ethnonational Conflicts
  • Assessing Risks of Future Ethnic Wars
  • Conclusions: Managing Conflict in Heterogeneous Societies

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