The Perils of Weak Organization: Explaining Loyalty and Defection of Militant Organizations Toward Pakistan

  title={The Perils of Weak Organization: Explaining Loyalty and Defection of Militant Organizations Toward Pakistan},
  author={Milos R. Popovic},
  journal={Studies in Conflict \& Terrorism},
  pages={919 - 937}
  • M. Popovic
  • Published 19 June 2015
  • Political Science
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Why do some militant groups defect against their sponsors, while others remain loyal? Pakistan's sponsorship of Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba offers a controlled case comparison as the former turned its guns against Islamabad, while the latter remained obedient despite a similar strength, ethnic ties to the regime, and the presence of alternative supporters. What explains Jaish's defection and Lashkar's loyalty? Drawing on organizational and principal-agent theory, I argue that militant… 
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