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Lecture 18

POL 13000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Indochina, Asymmetric WarfarePremium

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Political Science
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POL 13000
Mckenzie Johnson

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Pol 130 Class notes
Topic: Ethnic violence and civil wars con.
Civil war
Armed conflict that occurs between organized actors within a state and that meets
some minimum threshold for severity
Occur due to grievances or greed
o Separatists want to create their own independent state
o Irredentists want to attach their territory to another state
Usually see asymmetrical warfare
Why fight a civil war
Strong religious or ideological beliefs
Manipulation by elites due to division in the population
State level causes of civil war
Per Fearon and Laitin
Lack of repressive apparatus
Large Population
Easily stolen sources of wealth
o Ex. Oil, Diamonds, etc.
International factors
Support of rebels or government
o Can lead to Proxy Wars
o The New Republic in the Force Awakens
o America or Russia in Syria
Humanitarian Crisis
o Balkans
o United States involvement surrounding Mt. Sinjar
Expansion of the conflict
o Vietnam War expanded past the borders of Vietnam into Cambodia and Laos
o Expansion of the Syrian Civil War into Iraq
Types of civil war
Conventional Forces Versus Conventional Forces
o The Prequal Star Wars movies between the Republic and Separatist Forces
o In real life conflicts like the American Civil War
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