Armed Groups in Cambodian Civil War: Territorial Control, by Yuichi Kubota (auth.)

By Yuichi Kubota (auth.)

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Because a group is extremely weak) despite higher motivation.

3 Theory: Territorial Control, Rivalry, and Recruitment Introduction The literature on civil war recruitment has advanced our understanding of how armed forces mobilize combatants. , organization theories of recruitment and theories of control), in particular, have drawn our attention to the recruitment strategies of armed forces and the diversity of contexts in civil war. However, assumptions in these theories still need to be reframed so that we can capture both the spectrum of voluntary to involuntary combatant recruitment and the variety in civilian responses according to environment.

These factors significantly affect how armed forces collect combatants; they tend to consider that all potential participants, except for those under the opponent’s exclusive control, are subject to mobilization. More importantly, both sides attempt not only to mobilize combatants but also to render the rival’s mobilization infeasible through the provision of various goods to civilians or the repression of those who collaborate with the rival. ”3 In civil war, on the one hand, a government often attempts to weaken a rebel’s support base by providing their supporters with basic economic improvements, security, and freedom or by increasing the costs of participation by repressing rebels and their supporters.

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