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Author Stanton, Jessica A., 1978- author
Title Violence and restraint in civil war : civilian targeting in the shadow of international law / Jessica A. Stanton, University of Pennsylvania
Imprint New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2016
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 RCHSS Library  JZ6385 S78 2016    AVAILABLE    30560400442387
 Modern History Library  341.63 S792    AVAILABLE    30550100646510
Descript xviii, 321 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Note Partially based on author's thesis (doctoral - Columbia University, 2009) under the title: Strategies of violence and restraint in civil war
Includes bibliographical references and index
"Media coverage of civil wars often focuses on the most gruesome atrocities and the most extreme conflicts, which might lead one to think that all civil wars involve massive violence against civilians. In truth, many governments and rebel groups exercise restraint in their fighting, largely avoiding violence against civilians in compliance with international law. Governments and rebel groups make strategic calculations about whether to target civilians by evaluating how domestic and international audiences are likely to respond to violence. Restraint is also a deliberate strategic choice: governments and rebel groups often avoid targeting civilians and abide by international legal standards to appeal to domestic and international audiences for diplomatic support. This book presents a wide range of evidence of the strategic use of violence and restraint, using original data on violence against civilians in civil wars from 1989 to 2010 as well as in-depth analyses of conflicts in Azerbaijan, El Salvador, Indonesia, Sudan, Turkey, and Uganda"-- Provided by publisher
Machine generated contents note: 1. Strategies of violence and restraint -- 2. A new data set on violence against civilians in civil war -- 3. Quantitative analysis of government and rebel group violence and restraint -- 4. Government restraint in Indonesia -- 5. Rebel group restraint in Aceh and East Timor -- 6. Variation in government violence against civilians: Turkey and Sudan -- 7. Variation in rebel group violence against civilians: Turkey, El Salvador, and Azerbaijan -- 8. Extreme rebel group violence against civilians: the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda -- 9. Conclusion
Subject Civilians in war
Civilians in war -- Case studies
Civil war -- Protection of civilians
Civil war -- Protection of civilians -- Case studies
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