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Transnational Dynamics of Civil War

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Jeffrey T. Checkel, Kristin M. Bakke, Fiona B. Adamson, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Hans Peter Schmitz, Stephan Hamberg, Martin Austvoll Nome, Nils B. Weidmann, Andrew Bennett, Elisabeth Jean Wood
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  • Date Published: March 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107025530

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  • Civil wars are the dominant form of violence in the contemporary international system, yet they are anything but local affairs. This book explores the border-crossing features of such wars by bringing together insights from international relations theory, sociology, and transnational politics with a rich comparative-quantitative literature. It highlights the causal mechanisms – framing, resource mobilization, socialization, among others – that link the international and transnational to the local, emphasizing the methods required to measure them. Contributors examine specific mechanisms leading to particular outcomes in civil conflicts ranging from Chechnya, to Afghanistan, to Sudan, to Turkey. 'Transnational Dynamics of Civil War' thus provides a significant contribution to debates motivating the broader move to mechanism-based forms of explanation, and will engage students and researchers of international relations, comparative politics, and conflict processes.

    • Provides new insights on civil war, demonstrating that civil wars have border-crossing features that need to be captured if we are to understand them
    • Applies new theory (from transnational politics) to the study of civil war
    • Shows how causal mechanisms work in action, emphasizing the special methods needed to measure them
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Jeff Checkel has assembled an excellent group of authors with on-the-ground expertise on civil wars and sensibility to standards of social-science method and research design. The book should enjoy a wide readership of scholars of civil war and students taking courses on international relations, transnationalism, and civil conflict." - Matthew Evangelista, Cornell University

    "Featuring the workings of various causal mechanisms, this volume contributes invaluably to our understanding of dynamic processes at work during civil war." - Scott Gates, Director, Centre for the Study of Civil War, PRIO, and Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

    "With more than half of all post-1945 civil wars spilling across state borders, this new volume offers a welcome introduction into the often overlooked transnational dynamics of "local" wars. Taken as a whole, these chapters also provide compelling evidence for the importance of qualitative process-tracing that moves beyond just-so stories to the much tougher challenge of rigorously testing the mechanisms that underpin our explanations of civil war dynamics." - Jason Lyall, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Yale University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107025530
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 155 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Civil War: Mobilizing across Borders:
    1. Transnational dynamics of civil war Jeffrey T. Checkel
    Part II. Transnationalized Civil War:
    2. Copying and learning from outsiders? Assessing diffusion from transnational insurgents in the Chechen wars Kristin M. Bakke
    3. Mechanisms of diaspora mobilization and the transnationalization of civil war Fiona B. Adamson
    4. Refugee militancy in exile and upon return in Afghanistan and Rwanda Kristian Berg Harpviken and Sarah Kenyon Lischer
    5. Rebels without a cause? Transnational diffusion and the Lord's Resistance Army, 1986–2011 Hans Peter Schmitz
    6. Transnational advocacy networks, rebel groups, and demobilization of child soldiers in Sudan Stephan Hamberg
    7. Conflict diffusion via social identities: entrepreneurship and adaptation Martin Austvoll Nome and Nils B. Weidmann
    Part III. Theory, Mechanisms, and the Study of Civil War:
    8. Causal mechanisms and typological theories in the study of civil conflict Andrew Bennett
    9. Transnational dynamics of civil war: where do we go from here? Elisabeth Jean Wood.

  • Editor

    Jeffrey T. Checkel, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
    Jeffrey T. Checkel is Professor of International Studies and Simons Chair in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University and Research Professor in the Centre for the Study of Civil War at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). He has published extensively in leading European and North American journals and is the author of Ideas and International Political Change: Soviet/Russian Behavior and the End of the Cold War (1997), editor of International Institutions and Socialization in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and co-editor (with Peter J. Katzenstein) of European Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2009).


    Jeffrey T. Checkel, Kristin M. Bakke, Fiona B. Adamson, Kristian Berg Harpviken, Sarah Kenyon Lischer, Hans Peter Schmitz, Stephan Hamberg, Martin Austvoll Nome, Nils B. Weidmann, Andrew Bennett, Elisabeth Jean Wood

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