INST 310 Army and State Conflict

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You need the army to build the army while fighting against the state If the state can identify and find insurgents, it will arrest or kill them. Controlling informa- tion about the group is central Secrecy and evasion are ineffective for certain kinds of goals if you actually want to over-throw the state, you cant use secrecy and evasion State’s de facto control varies across its territory as a function of: geography, settlement patterns, wealth, infrastructure, communications, ethnicity, political preferences, ect. State’s extent of control is stronger in some places than others (less strong in frontier areas, parts with no infrastructure, ect) What do insurgents do to exploit this? Insurgents use violence (execution or threats) against: Civilian government officials (teachers, mayors, ect.) Non-official collaborators or sympathizers (citizens known to be supporters of the gov- ernment) Police and soldiers Goal of violence is to assert control over the population locally, in order to (trying to build the movement) Increase participation (recruit) Increase revenue (tax) Deter collaboration with the state in all areas (most important issue. They don’t want cit- izens collaborating with state, for example going to schools. They want to replace the state) Why do they use violence to control population? Because they want to destroy everything that the state stood for, including those that are neutral in the conflict. Local information security is the most important requirement for insurgents. If the state knows who you are, they can find you and you will die. If the insurgents can control the information and deter the ability and willingness of the civilians to give information to the state Why emphasize violence? Insurgents (and the state) also use propaganda/education, positive incentives, local solidarity, etc.
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  • Fall '09
  • MatthewKocher
  • Iraqi insurgency, insurgents, VietCong

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