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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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Resources, Options, and Preferences in War

Resources, Options, and Preferences in War

(p.49) 2 Resources, Options, and Preferences in War
What Rebels Want

Jennifer M. Hazen

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the resources and options available to those fighting in civil wars. Rebel groups need three main types of resources: military, economic, and political. Military resources include arms and ammunition, communications equipment, training, and manpower. Economic resources consist of financial means to purchase military goods and to pay soldiers; opportunities for looting, trade and barter, and agricultural production; and the profits made through the sale of natural resources. Political resources include access to information, diplomatic support, safe haven in a neighboring country, and legitimacy. Access to resources is central to defining the options available to a rebel group for continuing a war. As resources decline, a rebel group faces more limited options and finds it more difficult to sustain a war. The elimination of the war option provides the best opportunity for successful negotiations and the implementation of a peace agreement.

Keywords:   military resources, economic resources, political resources, rebel groups, war options, peace agreements, civil wars

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