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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
Owen, John
Schulhofer-Wohl, Jonah
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
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Politics, MA, 2013
Published Date
2013-05-01
Degree
MA
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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