Date Thesis Awarded
Honors Thesis -- Open Access
Bachelors of Arts (BA)
This paper provides a heuristic to determine the potential effects of violent non-state actors (VNSAs) on stability. It classifies VNSAs by type, categorizing groups as either clientelist, communal, or corporate. It finds that corporate VNSAs, those organized around a shared but non-ascriptive identity, such as membership in a guild or society, generally behave in a manner that is most likely to create stability. This hypothesis is supported through an in-depth examination of the Civil Defense Forces, a corporate VNSA that played a crucial role during the 1991-2002 Sierra Leone Civil War.
Bembenek, Tyler, "Gentle Warlords: The Potential for Violent Non-State Actors to Provide Stability" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1261.
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