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Networks and armies: structuring rebellion in Colombia and Afghanistan

Sanin, Francisco Gutierrez and Giustozzi, Antonio (2010) Networks and armies: structuring rebellion in Colombia and Afghanistan. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 33 (9). pp. 836-853. ISSN 1057-610x

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Abstract

Until recently, the importance of organizational factors in the understanding of the variance of the behavior of state challengers had not been recognized. New studies and theories have underscored its crucial character. This article contends that challengers can be placed in a continuum constituted by two opposed polar types, army like and network associations, and compare the Afghan Taliban's and the Colombian Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—FARC)'s organizational principles from this point of view. The main claim is that organizationally inspired explanations behave much better than resource inspired ones when accounting for the differences between the Taliban and the FARC.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~cont...
Additional Information: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2011 11:53
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/35225/

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