Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts

Terror, Insurgency, and the State: Ending Protracted Conflicts

by Marianne Heiberg
     
 

The wave of civil wars, terror attacks, and insurgencies over the last half century has redefined our notion of protracted conflicts. While the American news media have devoted primary coverage to the threat posed by al-Qaeda since 9/11, other insurgent groups have arisen and gained momentum across the map, and much less attention has been devoted to explaining

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The wave of civil wars, terror attacks, and insurgencies over the last half century has redefined our notion of protracted conflicts. While the American news media have devoted primary coverage to the threat posed by al-Qaeda since 9/11, other insurgent groups have arisen and gained momentum across the map, and much less attention has been devoted to explaining what governmental policies bring such insurgencies to an end.

The result of a multiyear project, Terror, Insurgency, and the State assembles the findings of scholars who conducted extensive field research with rebel groups and governments. This comparative analysis documents the aim of long-standing insurgent groups such as the Tamil Tigers, the IRA, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, Basque Country and Liberty, and the People's Liberation Army of the Communist Party of Nepal, as well as the more recently visible Hizballah and Hamas. These groups represent varying kinds of insurgency. Several strive for national liberation or territory. They are either secessionists who contend with a central government that they regard as hostile, or irredentists who seek to reunify a divided homeland. Others, with rural and peasant bases, emphasize economic inequalities, class struggle, and socialism. At least three known factions are explicitly Islamist, with a religious agenda and a paramilitary organization.

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"An important collection of case study examinations of . . . longstanding insurgencies in Spain, Columbia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Israel, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Turkey, and Napal. . . . The book's individual chapters give superb background information. . . . These case studies provide excellent substantive foundations for comparative analysis. The authors make numerous realistic and constructive recommendations for policy makers. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812220292
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/10/2008
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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