State Failure and the Political Violence Phenomenon: A Comparative Analysis of Iraq and Syria Cases
Keywords:state failure, political violence, Syria, Iraq * Author thanks to Zeynep U?ur and Do?u Kaan Eraslan for their comments on an earlier version of this article. I take the full responsibility for any shortcomings in this paper.
AbstractThe concept of failed state came to the fore with the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the USSR and the disintegration of Yugoslavia. Political violence is central in these discussions on the definition of the concept or the determination of its dimensions (indicators). Specifically, the level of political violence, the type of political violence and intensity of political violence has been broached in the literature. An effective classification of political violence can lead us to a better understanding of state failure phenomenon. By using Tilly’s classification of collective violence which is based on extent of coordination among violent actors and salience of short-run damage, the role played by political violence in state failure can be understood clearly. In order to do this, two recent cases, Iraq and Syria will be examined.
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Lassalle, K. E. Özkaya. (2016). State Failure and the Political Violence Phenomenon: A Comparative Analysis of Iraq and Syria Cases. European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(2), 122–129. https://doi.org/10.26417/ejis.v2i2.p170-177
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