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From Freedom Fighters to JihadistsHuman Resources of Non State Armed Groups$
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Vera Mironova

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190939755

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190939755.001.0001

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Managing Ideology

Managing Ideology

(p.209) 8 Managing Ideology
From Freedom Fighters to Jihadists

Vera Mironova

Oxford University Press

Even if a rebel group could mitigate the threat posed by group members interested in ideology, doing so would take significant time and resources away from the main group’s objective. As a result, well-organized groups in the rebel bloc need to find a delicate balance between using ideology as a screening mechanism and preventing it from becoming a fighter’s top priority. To achieve that, armed groups need to be very clear about their true goals to avoid any misunderstanding among potential recruits. Another helpful tactic is to have a small but more radical non-independent armed group in the rebel bloc to draw such fighters away from the main mother group while still keeping them in the rebel bloc to fight the enemy. Highly dedicated foreign fighters can join the smaller group, thus still pursuing the overall war goals without threatening the mother group and its leadership.

Keywords:   recruitment, ideology, Islamism, religion, management

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