Battle Losses and Rebel Violence: Raising the Costs for Fighting
2007 (English)In: Terrorism and Political Violence, ISSN 0954-6553, Vol. 19, no 2, 205-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In many armed conflicts, rebel groups deliberately target civilians. This article examines whether such violence is related to the performance of the rebels on the battlefield. It is proposed that rebel groups who are losing battles target civilians in order to impose extra costs on the government. When rebels attack civilians, the government may incur both political and military costs. Violence against civilians is thus used as an alternative conflict strategy aimed at pressuring the government into concessions. The argument is evaluated by using monthly data for rebel groups involved in armed conflict from January 2002 to December 2004.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 19, no 2, 205-222 p.
Battle outcome, Conflict strategy, Internal conflict, Rebel groups, Violence against civilians
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-97270DOI: 10.1080/09546550701246866ISI: 000246066800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-97270DiVA: diva2:172132