This thesis looks at alternative causes of civil war onset. Specifically, the role of repression is examined to show how the specific type, being nonviolent or violent, and the target, being indiscriminate or selective, matter and depending on the tactics undertaken can lead to the onset of civil war. It also sheds light on the often understudied role that external actors in the international system can play in escalating an uprising towards the onset of civil war as well.
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MA in Political Science
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(2016).Alternative causes of civil war onset – repression and signals from external actors: a comparative case study of Bahrain and Syria [Master's Thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Kassanitz, Katherine. Alternative causes of civil war onset – repression and signals from external actors: a comparative case study of Bahrain and Syria. 2016. American University in Cairo, Master's Thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.