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Once considered nationalists, many insurgent groups are now labeled as terrorists and thought to endanger not just their own people, but the world. As the unprecedented trends in political violence among insurgents have taken shape, and as hundreds of thousands of civilians continue to be displaced, brutalized, and killed, Inside Insurgency provides startling insights that help to explain the nature of insurgent behavior.
Claire Metelits draws from over 100 interviews with insurgent soldiers, commanders, government officials, scholars, and civilians in Sudan, Kenya, Colombia, Turkey, and Iraq, offering a new understanding of insurgent group behavior and providing compelling and intimate portraits of the SPLA, FARC, and PKK. The engaging narratives that emerge from her on-the-ground fieldwork provide incredibly valuable and accurate first-hand documentation of the tactics of some of the world's most notorious insurgent groups. Inside Insurgency offers the reader a timely and intimate understanding of these movements, and explains the changing behavior of insurgent groups toward the civilians they claim to represent.
1 Insurgents and Civilian-Targeted Violence 1
2 Rivals and the Logic of Insurgent Violence 15
3 "The Elephant is Not Yet Dead": The Reform of the SPLA 31
4 From Jekyll to Hyde: The Transformation of the FARC 79
5 Freedom Fighters or Terrorists? The Ongoing Transformations of the PKK 121
6 The Theoretical and Practical Implications of Active Rivalry 161
About the Author 242