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CPS2015 - Studying contemporary wars (seminar #1, Group #2)

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Transcript of CPS2015 - Studying contemporary wars (seminar #1, Group #2)

Studying contemporary wars
- think about recent or ongoing conflicts

- who has an impact on the course of events?

- how can this influence manifest itself? Provide examples

- which rationales guide the actions of the protagonists?

- which set of norms frame their actions?
ACTORS
IMPACTS
RATIONALES
NORMS
Lessons from Simpson

- war is not the ultimate political act

- instead, political violence is one tool among others meant to advance political agendas of multiple parties involved, each having a specific audience

- conflict as 'politically kaleidoscopic battlespace' - military victory is secondary since what matters is the narrative



STATE
MULTILATERAL ORGANISATIONS (UN / ICC)
CIVILIANS
HUMANITARIAN AGENCIES
MEDIA / ADVOCACY GROUPS
RELIGIOUS LEADERS
SUPERPOWERS /
FORMER COLONIAL RULERS (STRATEGIC INTERESTS)
MERCENARIES
DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
IRREGULAR ARMED GROUPS / INSURGENTS
SUBNATIONAL AUTHORITIES
NEIGHBOURING COUNTRIES
CONTROL OF INFORMATION
MILITARY ACTION
ENJOY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
EXERT VIOLENCE
SANCTIONS
MILITARY INTERVENTION (NUANCES)
CURB BEHAVIOURS OF BELLIGERENTS
CERTIFICATION ROLE
CAN TAKE SIDE
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (DIASPORAS)
PARTICIPATION IN VIOLENCE
RESISTANCE
PRESSURE GROUPS
DISPLACEMENT (CONTAGION)
CREATE NARRATIVE
MATERIAL SUPPORT ENDING UP IN THE WRONG HANDS?
DISTORTION OF POLITICAL ECONOMY
STATE SUBSTITUTION
RAISING AWARENESS
INTEL
EXTERNAL SUPPORT
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