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Compliant Rebels
Rebel Groups and International Law in World Politics

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107525672

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  • Seventeen million people have died in civil wars and rebel violence has disrupted the lives of millions more. In a fascinating contribution to the active literature on civil wars, this book finds that some contemporary rebel groups actually comply with international law amid the brutality of civil conflicts around the world. Rather than celebrating the existence of compliant rebels, the author traces the cause of this phenomenon and argues that compliant rebels emerge when rebel groups seek legitimacy in the eyes of domestic and international audiences that care about humanitarian consequences and human rights. By examining rebel groups' different behaviors such as civilian killing, child soldiering, and allowing access to detention centers, Compliant Rebels offers key messages and policy lessons about engaging rebel groups with an eye toward reducing civilian suffering in war zones.

    • Approaches problems of rebel violence from an international law perspective
    • Offers rich evidence and examples of rebel violence in an accessible fashion
    • Suggests policy implications as to how to deal with rebel groups in civil conflicts
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    • Winner of the 2015 Chadwick Alger Prize, International Studies Association

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This path-breaking book demonstrates through superb quantitative and qualitative empirical studies that non-state violent actors, such as rebel groups, are likely to comply with international law - if and when they seek political legitimacy. Hyeran Jo's work gives us hope that atrocities and gross human rights violations during civil wars can be overcome. A must-read for scholars and practitioners alike!"
    Thomas Risse, Freie Universität Berlin

    "If you read one book on whether, how and why rebel groups engage with international rules of war and conflict, this must be it. Hyeran Jo's utterly compelling account of rebel motives and decisions will leave you thinking about law, politics, and civil rebellion in a new way."
    Beth A. Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    "[This book] expertly traces how rebel groups seek legitimacy from domestic and international audiences concerned with human rights and draws on original research on rebel groups' behavior."
    Award Committee, 2015 Chadwick Alger Prize, International Studies Association

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107525672
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 200 x 150 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 3 maps 22 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Puzzle of Compliant Rebels:
    1. Introduction
    2. Background
    3. A theory of rebel compliance
    Part II. Evidence of Compliant Rebels:
    4. From theory to evidence
    5. Civilian killing
    6. Child soldiering
    7. Access to detention centers
    Part III. Implications of Compliant Rebels:
    8. Repertoires of rebel compliance
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Hyeran Jo, Texas A & M University
    Hyeran Jo is an assistant professor of political science at Texas A & M University. Her primary research topics are the role of international organizations and non-state actors in contemporary world politics, and she has published articles in various academic journals including the British Journal of Political Science and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.


    • Winner of the 2015 Chadwick Alger Prize, International Studies Association

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