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Ideologies of rebel groups. Rhetorical facade or Determinant of Violence
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Rebel groups involved in civil wars carry out attacks against civilians even though such behavior seems as self-defeating given their dependence on the local population for support. Seeking to why some rebel groups risk “draining their own see”, the scholarship on rebel violence against civilians has pointed to a variety possible determinants of rebel violence pertaining to the structural and strategic conditions of the conflict. In order to account for the influence that different rebel ideologies might on civilian victimization, this study explores why some rebel groups perpetrate collective violence while others refrain from it. The hypothesis that rebel groups adhering to identity-exclusive ideologies are more likely to engage in collective violence was tested on the cases of FreeSyrian Army and Jabhat al-Nusra from the Syrian civil war using the method of structured focused comparison. The empirical evidence provided a certain level of support for the hypothesis while pointing to avenues for future research.

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2019. , p. 60
Keywords [en]
rebel groups; collective violence; rebel ideologies; Free Syrian Army; Jabhat al-Nusra
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385407DiVA, id: diva2:1324070
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Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies
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Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-13 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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