Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior

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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. In Inside Insurgency Claire Metelits draws on over 100 interviews with insurgent soldiers, commanders, government officials, scholars, and civilians in Sudan, Kenya, Colombia, Turkey, and Iraq, offering a new explanation of the nature 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 first-hand documentation of the tactics of some of the world's most notorious insurgent groups. Inside Insurgency offers a timely and intimate understanding of these movements, and explains the changing behavior of insurgent groups toward the civilians they claim to represent.

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“A highlight of the final chapter is its finding that well-intentioned reform carried out by states can inadvertently lead to increased insurgent violence.”-CHOICE

"Inside Insurgency addresses a question important to both academics and policymakers: How does one explain the variation in the types and level of victimization of civilian populations by insurgent groups."-Max Abrahams,Middle East Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814795781
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,523,571
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Metelits is assistant professor of political science at Washington State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

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

Notes 177

Bibliography 207

Index 229

About the Author 242

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