Democracy and Ethnic Conflict aims to make a contribution to the literature in three of the most rapidly growing areas of political study and analysis: ethnic conflict, peace processes and democratisation. There is great interest in the process of transition to democracy, as well as a growing interest in the field of the consolidation of democracy. The focus on consolidation reflects a recognition that while multiparty elections almost invariably play a role in the ending of conflicts, establishing enduring democratic institutions presents an altogether bigger challenge. Similarly, there is an interest in peace processes that is likely to become even more intense as the link between failed peace processes and international terrorism becomes more apparent. Ethnic conflict, with its emergence as a significant source of global political instability, has been at the centre of the disciplines of Politics and International Relations since the end of the Cold War.