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What Rebels WantResources and Supply Networks in Wartime$
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Jennifer M. Hazen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451669

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451669.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
What Rebels Want

Jennifer M. Hazen

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the transnational dimensions of civil wars. These include the trade of goods, the sale of natural resources, the movement of refugees and combatants, the intervention of external mediators, the provision of a safe haven, and the patronage of neighboring states. The level of access to economic profits, military resources, and political support underlies the capacity of rebel forces to wage war. Fighting factions with limited access to support will fare poorly on the battlefield, while those that are able to establish effective networks of support will prove difficult to defeat. However, while transborder linkages can provide necessary resources, there is no guarantee of continuous support. The rest of the chapter highlights common assumptions about rebel groups and the wars they fight.

Keywords:   civil wars, transnational connections, natural resources, economic profits, military resources, political support, rebel groups

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