14.00 Uhr

Farewell to Arms: How Rebels Retire without Getting Killed

Farewell to Arms - How Rebels Retire without Getting Killed

Dr. Rumela Sen, Columbia University, New York City (USA), Department of Political Science

How do rebels give up arms and return to the political system that they had once sought to overthrow? Policymakers often focus on incentives like cash and jobs to lure rebels away from extremism. From the rebels’ perspective, however, physical safety is more important than these livelihood options. Rebels quit extremist groups only when they know that they can disarm without getting killed in the process. This talk focuses on the process of retirement of Maoist rebels in the south Indian state of Telangana. It also highlights what the process of exit through informal networks tells us about democracy, civil conflict and counterinsurgency in India and beyond.

Meeting id:812 5314 7896

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Südasien-Institut, Abteilung Politische Wissenschaft

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