Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior

Author
Paul R. Pillar
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Political Science Quarterly
Volume
126
Issue Number
1
Publication Date
Spring 2011
Institution
Academy of Political Science
Abstract
Insurgent movements worldwide exhibit a wide range of conduct. Their behavior toward civilian populations under their control ranges from brutal to benevolent. Such variation poses a problem for theories of insurgency, and of how to counter it. How can any single theory account for such major differences in how insurgent groups treat noncombatants?