Conceptualizing Pathways to Individual Insurgent (Dis) Engagement
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This chapter constructs a conceptual framework for analyzing individual militant disengagement. Having demonstrated on examples of different militant organizations that individual members of militant groups can be conceptualized as driven by ethno-nationalist, religious, or revenge-centered motivations, it is argued in this chapter that most individual militants in Russia’s North Caucasus can be roughly divided into three main categories — avengers, nationalists, and jihadists. Based on this classification, the key argument of the book posits that pathways to individual disengagement differ in each of these three categories of militants.
KeywordsMilitant Organization Ideal Type Insurgent Engagement Insurgent Group Armed Struggle
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