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Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict


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This series publishes theoretically rigorous and empirically original scholarship on all aspects of armed intrastate conflict, including its causes, nature, impacts, patterns of violence, and resolution. It also publishes books which explore debates about the politics, sociological aspects and economics of civil wars, and their international dimensions. The series has a broad intellectual remit designed to be open to a range of academic methodologies and interests, including innovative empirical approaches, and welcomes work on specific armed conflicts and the micro-dynamics of violence, on broad patterns and cross-national analyses of civil wars, and on historical perspectives as well as contemporary challenges. It also seeks to explore the policy implications of conflict analysis, especially as it relates to international security, intervention and peacebuilding.

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When Nonviolent Civil Resistance Campaigns Fail Demobilized, Escalated and Negotiated Ends

When Nonviolent Civil Resistance Campaigns Fail: Demobilized, Escalated and Negotiated Ends

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Kirssa Cline Ryckman
November 08, 2024

This book examines both how and why non-violent civil resistance campaigns fail, and the diverse category of campaigns that fall short. Civil resistance campaigns are known for their success, for their ability to overthrow central governments or gain territorial independence. There have been a ...

Rebel Militias in Eastern Ukraine From Leaderless Groups to Proxy Army

Rebel Militias in Eastern Ukraine: From Leaderless Groups to Proxy Army

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Martin Laryš
August 27, 2024

This book extends principal-agent theory to the case of pro-Russian rebel militias in Eastern Ukraine. Russia's war in Ukraine demonstrates the much-discussed relations between the principal (Russia) and agent (rebel militias) in Eastern Ukraine. Russia’s aggression against Ukraine in 2014 was a ...

Elite Rivalry, Mass Killing and Genocide in Authoritarian Regimes Why Autocrats Kill

Elite Rivalry, Mass Killing and Genocide in Authoritarian Regimes: Why Autocrats Kill

1st Edition

By Eelco van der Maat
June 18, 2024

This book explains how mass killing is driven by elite politics within authoritarian regimes. Mass killing and genocide defy reason and explanation. How can genocidal elites present defenceless victims as an existential threat? Why use indiscriminate killing that drives victims to coordinated ...

Armed Organizations and Political Elites in Civil Wars Pathways to Power in Syria and Iraq

Armed Organizations and Political Elites in Civil Wars: Pathways to Power in Syria and Iraq

1st Edition

By Erwin van Veen
June 03, 2024

This book analyses under what conditions, and with what developmental effects, armed organizations shift their ‘coercive profile’ during civil wars, with a focus on the recent conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The work begins with an operationalisation of the term ‘political settlement’, focusing on how...

Rebel Financing and Terrorism in Civil Wars

Rebel Financing and Terrorism in Civil Wars

1st Edition

By Margherita Belgioioso
August 17, 2023

This book investigates the ways in which the lethality of terrorist violence depends on how rebel organizations finance their rebellion. The leaders of rebel groups make calculated decisions on the intensity of terrorism killings, considering the benefits and costs of targeting non-combatants ...

Partition and Peace in Civil Wars Dividing Lands and Peoples to End Ethnic Conflict

Partition and Peace in Civil Wars: Dividing Lands and Peoples to End Ethnic Conflict

1st Edition

By Carter R. Johnson
May 31, 2023

This book examines whether partition is an effective means to resolve ethnic and sectarian civil wars. It argues that partition is unlikely to end ongoing ethnosectarian civil wars, but it can increase the likelihood of preventing civil war recurrence, as long as the partition separates civilians ...

Militias, States and Violence against Civilians Civic Vice, Civic Virtue

Militias, States and Violence against Civilians: Civic Vice, Civic Virtue

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Lorenzo Johnson, William Wittels
April 21, 2023

This book examines the conditions under which the presence and use of militias result in an increase or a decrease in violence against civilians in intra-state conflicts. Showcasing the breadth and diversity of modern militias in the context of violence against civilians, the volume addresses the ...

Armed Groups and International Legitimacy Child Soldiers in Intra-State Conflict

Armed Groups and International Legitimacy: Child Soldiers in Intra-State Conflict

1st Edition

By William Plowright
August 29, 2022

This book analyses the issue of child soldiers in order to understand how armed groups engage with international organizations to gain international legitimacy. The work examines why some armed groups ‘follow the rules’ of international humanitarian law and others do not. It argues that armed ...

Foreign Intervention, Warfare and Civil Wars External Assistance and Belligerents' Choice of Strategy

Foreign Intervention, Warfare and Civil Wars: External Assistance and Belligerents' Choice of Strategy

1st Edition

By Adam Lockyer
October 09, 2017

This book examines the impact of foreign intervention in the course and nature of warfare in civil wars. Throughout history, foreign intervention in civil wars has been the rule rather than the exception. The involvement of outside powers can have a dramatic impact on the course and nature of ...

Social Movements and Civil War When Protests for Democratization Fail

Social Movements and Civil War: When Protests for Democratization Fail

1st Edition

By Donatella della Porta, Teije Hidde Donker, Bogumila Hall, Emin Poljarevic, Daniel P. Ritter
August 02, 2017

This book investigates the origins of civil wars which emerge from failed attempts at democratization. The main aim of this volume is to develop a theoretical explanation of the conditions under which and the mechanisms through which social movements’ struggles for democracy end up in civil war. ...

Armed Group Structure and Violence in Civil Wars The Organizational Dynamics of Civilian Killing

Armed Group Structure and Violence in Civil Wars: The Organizational Dynamics of Civilian Killing

1st Edition

By Roos Haer
April 06, 2015

This book examines whether differences in the organizational structure of armed groups shape patterns of human rights violations in civil wars. Since the end of World War II, civil wars have been characterized by extremely high numbers of civilian casualties. However, the exact extent of civilian ...

Territorial Separatism in Global Politics Causes, Outcomes and Resolution

Territorial Separatism in Global Politics: Causes, Outcomes and Resolution

1st Edition

Edited By Damien Kingsbury, Costas Laoutides
March 20, 2015

This volume examines the various aspects of territorial separatism, focusing on how and why separatist movements arise. Featuring essays by leading scholars from different disciplinary perspectives, the book aims to situate the question of separatism within the broader socio-political context of ...

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