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News Roundup 11 July – 17 July

Jihadists blow up two crucial bridges in Burkina Faso Thousands of people trapped by deadly armed clashes in Cité Soleil Several rebel groups withdraw from Chad peace talks in Doha, Qatar Tigray rebels say ready to name team for peace talks with Ethiopian government Togolese army admits to killing children mistaken for ‘jihadists’ Detained Australian …

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Book Discussion: Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law

Monday (Today), June 13, 2022, 14h00-15h30 EST /20h00-21h30 CET The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict invites you to join us for a discussion of Dr. Ezequiel Heffes’ (one of our co-editors) new book, Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law. The book explores the legal regulation of non-State armed groups’ (NSAGs) …

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Book Launch – Detention and Confinement in Armed Conflict

On May 31st, at 20:00 (CET) /2pm (EDT) ALMA is holding a virtual book launch on two important new books on Detention and Confinement in Armed Conflict. The two books are (i) “Detention by Non-State Armed Groups under International Law” by Ezequiel Heffes (one of our co-editors and Senior Policy and Legal Advisor at Geneva …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium – Author Response to Contributors

I am incredibly grateful for all of the thoughtful contributions to this symposium, and read them with genuine excitement. The research for the Negotiating Survival and the writing process took many twists and turns. Initially, the focus wasn’t even civilian life under the Taliban. I intended to investigate the Taliban itself, and specifically how ideology …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium –Glancing at the Taliban Organisation

Negotiating Survival is an outstanding piece of scholarship. The book is the latest addition to a (relatively) recent, fieldwork-intensive, wave of civil war research that is interested in how rebels rule areas under their control (see, for instance, Mampilly 2011, Arjona et al. 2015, Stuart 2021). More specifically, the work fits within a particular strand of this rebel governance literature …

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“Negotiating Survival”: Book Symposium – The Normative Dimension of Rebel Governance in Afghanistan

Ashley Jackson’s book, Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan, is an important contribution to the way we understand armed insurgency. It challenges a vision of the absolute centrality of kinetic violence in insurgency to draw attention to the significance of more subtle power dynamics between rebels and the civilian population. In its approach, in its focus, and …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium – Living together in the “forever war”: Negotiations among civilians and insurgents?

Ashley Jackson’s Negotiating Survival: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan provides a brilliant account into the daily struggles that people encounter amid prolonged violence and precarity. Drawing on multi-sited field research in Afghanistan (2017 – 2019), involving interviews with over 400 informants, the book examines negotiations made among insurgents and civilians to survive. Jackson introduces a novel theory of …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium – From Insurgency to Government in Waiting: Taliban Tactics and Strategy

Introduction With ‘Negotiating Survival’ Ashley Jackson has written an extraordinary account of insurgent-civilian relations in Afghanistan. Amongst others, it traces the evolution of the Taliban insurgency after the Taliban regime was ousted from power in 2001. The book builds on a unique and rich set of empirical data collected during Jackson’s fieldwork. With the fall …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium –Dancing with whoever is there: civilian agency, neutrality and the principle of distinction

Ashley Jackson’s fascinating book ‘Negotiating Survival: Civilian –  Insurgent Relations in Afghanistan’ (Hurst 2021) forms part of an important contemporary effort in political and social science literature to turn away from privileging the study of combatant behaviour in war, looking instead more closely at civilian perspectives and responses. The book focuses on the relationship between the Taliban and …

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“Negotiating Survival” Book Symposium – Lessons and Questions for Humanitarian Access in Violent Contexts

Ashley Jackson’s extraordinary book, Negotiating Survival, is a fascinating dive into the complex interactions that characterize relationships between civilians and members of armed groups. In the last decade, understanding how armed groups interact with people under their influence has become a central topic in the study of civil war. While a growing body of research references negotiations …

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