Do Good Borders Make Good Rebels? Territorial Control and Civilian Casualties

@article{Stewart2017DoGB,
  title={Do Good Borders Make Good Rebels? Territorial Control and Civilian Casualties},
  author={Megan A. Stewart and Yu-Ming Liou},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2017},
  volume={79},
  pages={284 - 301}
}
How does the location of rebel-held territory shape insurgent relations with civilians? We argue that when rebel groups control territory domestically, they are strongly incentivized to cultivate mutually beneficial relations with civilians living in their territory and limit their violence against them, while insurgencies with foreign territorial control are incentivized to deploy violence against civilians to gain compliance and extract resources. We test this hypothesis in three ways: a… 

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