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CPS2015 - Studying contemporary wars (seminar #1, Group #2)
Transcript of CPS2015 - Studying contemporary wars (seminar #1, Group #2)
- 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?
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
MULTILATERAL ORGANISATIONS (UN / ICC)
MEDIA / ADVOCACY GROUPS
FORMER COLONIAL RULERS (STRATEGIC INTERESTS)
DOMESTIC OR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
IRREGULAR ARMED GROUPS / INSURGENTS
CONTROL OF INFORMATION
ENJOY INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION
MILITARY INTERVENTION (NUANCES)
CURB BEHAVIOURS OF BELLIGERENTS
CAN TAKE SIDE
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (DIASPORAS)
PARTICIPATION IN VIOLENCE
MATERIAL SUPPORT ENDING UP IN THE WRONG HANDS?
DISTORTION OF POLITICAL ECONOMY