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From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists: Human Resources of Non State Armed Groups

Vera Mironova


This book examines the internal organization of armed groups, particularly their human resource practices. The authors look at the rebel armed groups through the prism of a labor market theory. In the Syrian civil war, extreme Islamist groups were able to siphon fighters off from moderate groups because they had better internal organization, took better care of fighters (physically and monetarily), and experienced less internal corruption. This book is based on more than six hundred survey-interviews with local civilians and fighters on the frontline in Syria (including members of al-Nusra and ... More

Keywords: civil war, armed groups, organization, leadership, ISIS, Jubhat al-Nusra, human resources, Syria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190939755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190939755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vera Mironova, author
International Security Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School