The majority of civil wars that end in a negotiated agreement reoccur. A well-established body of scholarship has identified a host of variables critical in explaining this phenomenon. But do these variables also help to explain the few instances of civil war non-recurrence? Using El Salvador as a case study, this paper seeks to understand the relevant variables for civil war non-recurrence and also the maintenance of peace. While extant literature argues the importance of peace agreements focused on resolving issues that lead to the onset of any civil war, my research shows that the issues that civil war parties identify as most important to both motivate peace talks and maintain peace are not necessarily those that ignited the conflict.