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Collaboration or obstruction?: Rebel group behavior during natural disaster relief in the Philippines
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2014 (English)In: Political Geography, ISSN 0962-6298, E-ISSN 1873-5096, Vol. 43, no SI, 40-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Under what conditions do rebel groups collaborate with the government in disaster relief operations? Despite the fact that many natural disasters occur in armed conflict contexts, little is known about the impact of conflict actors on natural disaster relief efforts. Affected by the same typhoon, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the New People's Army (NPA) behaved differently in the aftermath of the natural disaster. While the MILF collaborated with the government in relief efforts, the NPA did not. This article explains this variation by arguing that the level of hostility between the rebel group and the state in the pre-disaster period as well as the type of social contract that exists between the rebels and the local population shape collaboration during natural disaster relief efforts. The theoretical argument is explored through a comparative case study between these two rebel groups in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon in the Philippines in 2012.

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2014. Vol. 43, no SI, 40-50 p.
Keyword [en]
Natural disaster, Armed conflict, Climate change, Rebel group, Disaster management, Resilience, Philippines
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-243075DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.09.007ISI: 000347023800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-243075DiVA: diva2:787133
Available from: 2015-02-09 Created: 2015-02-04 Last updated: 2015-04-02Bibliographically approved

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