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Palgrave Macmillan

Armed Groups in Cambodian Civil War

Territorial Control, Rivalry, and Recruitment

ISBN 9781137364081
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Asia Today

Why does an armed group adopt not only one measure but also combine multiple strategies in its mobilization efforts? This book argues that, given a difference in a group's influence between the stronghold and contested areas, it will adopt varying mobilization strategies that range from involuntary to voluntary recruitment. When the group attempts to collect combatants in the stronghold, it can use coercion as a means of mobilization. Within contested areas, in contrast, the group seeks to recruit dedicated participants whose interests coincide with the groups' long-term goals.

Yuichi Kubota is Lecturer at Center for Policy Research, University of Niigata Prefecture, Niigata, Japan. His research focuses on civil war, public opinion, and the political economy of development in Asia. He has published several research articles in these fields.

1. Introduction

2. Literature Review: Diversity in Civilians' Incentives and Multiplicity of Recruitment Strategies

3. Theory: Territorial Control, Rivalry, and Recruitment

4. Cambodia, 1970-75

5. Cambodia, 1979-91

6. Recruitment in Comparative Perspective

7. Conclusion

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"Given the surge in the number of micro-level studies of civil war over the last ten years, Armed Groups in Cambodian Civil War will attract much attention from scholars of conflict studies, comparative politics, international relations, and peace studies. Observing the field research carefully conducted by the author, area specialists and historians on Asia, especially those specializing in Cambodia, will also be interested in the book. It is policy-relevant and timely, given the security, economic, and humanitarian implications of the domestic conflicts, not only for conflict-ridden countries but also for the rest of the world.' – Kazuhiro Obayashi, Hitotsubashi University, Japan
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