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Translocality in War: Why Does it Matter?

Release date: 2021-09

In their blog post, the authors argue that translocality as a concept allows us to shed new light on a twofold process: how armed groups anchor themselves in and across local communities. This aspect matters for the communities and because understanding the translocal dimension of war is a prerequisite for grasping processes of alliance making and fragmentation at different scales. Over the last decade, social science research has put enormous efforts into analysing and understanding the causes, dynamics and outcomes of such fragmentation (e.g. Walther, Leuprecht and Skillicorn 2020Bakke, Gallagher Cunningham and Seymour 2012). In search for explanations as to why some armed groups show greater cohesion and can better avoid fragmentation, we hypothesise: armed groups that are locally anchored as well as connected through well-functioning linkages across localities are more likely to persist and avoid fragmentation.

You can download the blog post here.