Work-in-Progress Session: “Civilian Choice in Contexts of Organized Violence”


“Civilian Choice in Contexts of Organized Violence”

There is great variation in civilians’ responses to the presence and behavior of nonstate armed groups: they can simply obey the mandates of these groups; engage in their activities; become fulltime members; or even turn against them by opposing them directly, helping another armed organization, or cooperating with the state. This project focuses on civilian choices by investigating how the formal and informal rules or institutions that nonstate armed groups establish in areas where they operate impact civilian decision making.

Ana Arjona
Visiting Fellow
Department of Political Science
Northwestern University

Work-in-progress sessions are designed to generate in-depth discussion of new scholarly work. For the pre-circulated paper and to attend, register with


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