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Control, Contestation, and Violence in Civil War: Evidence From Iraq

Arnold, Daniel Robert
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Arnold, Daniel Robert
Advisor
Schulhofer-Wohl, Jonah
Owen, John
Abstract
This thesis uses a new dataset to test the importance of territorial control as a determinant of violence patterns in Anbar Province, Iraq from 2004-2006. The data show that the combination of the local balance of territorial control and active contestation is a better predictor of violence than control alone. This suggests that belligerents have more agency in determining violence patterns because they make critical strategic decisions about where and when to contest control. This insight also suggests that conceptual distinctions between different “technologies of warfare” (e.g. irregular, conventional) are not particularly useful in predicting violence patterns. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF text
Language
English
Date Received
20140122
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Politics, MA (Master of Arts), 2013
Published Date
2013-05-01
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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