Organisation

Small Arms Survey ‘Armed Actors Issues Brief’ – ‘Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control’

In April 2013, the Small Arms Survey published the first edition of its new series ‘Armed Actors Issues Brief’ entitled  ‘Demobilization in the DRC: Armed Groups and the Role of Organizational Control’. The briefing provides exactly the kind of real-life insight into the internal organization of armed groups which we like to share with the …

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News Roundup – 7 September 2012

Talks ‘radically impossible’ with Mali’s jihadists. Mali rules out deployment of foreign troops in combat. China forces return of Kachin to Burma: HRW reports. Somalia: Al-Shabaab attacks African Union forces. Islamic radicalism hits ancient city of Mombasa. France sends funds to five Syrian civic groups in rebel held areas. US sends more spies, diplomats to …

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More on the organisational requirement: Al-Qaida and two new articles dealing with the killing of Osama Bin Laden

This is a short follow up to my earlier post on the organisational requirement of the parties as part of the threshold test for non-international armed conflicts, and at the same time a means to mention two very interesting new articles. This time the post relates to Al-Qaida, another armed group which is reported to …

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The organisational requirement for the threshold of non-international armed conflict applied to the Syrian opposition

In my first contribution to this blog, I will follow up on Katharine’s post below on religion as a source of rules in the Syrian conflict. She discussed an interesting news article in the Guardian that tells how many young fighters in Syria have been motivated to join brigades associated with Al-Qaida due to the disorganisation …

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Syria’s Maturing Insurgency: ISW Report

In June 2012, the Institute for the Study of War published a comprehensive report into the structure and strength of Syria’s insursency. The report, Syria’s Maturing Insurgency, examines the increasing effectiveness of Syria’s armed opposition which it numbers at 40,000. The report makes particularly interesting reading when analysing the fighting in Syria in relation to whether …

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