Sites of Opportunity: The Internationalization of Internal Conflicts

By Amy Lynn Freedman and Sarah Davies Murray.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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This paper examines why some domestic insurgencies escalate into regional or international conflicts and why some conflicts can be successfully resolved. How does the “local” become “global”? While this paper is mostly theoretical, it does refer to successful examples of long-running conflicts which have been contained and even resolved: it briefly refers to the insurgencies in Aceh, Indonesia, and those in Sierra Leone and Liberia and it compares these “successful” cases with other insurgencies which have not yet been resolved such as the conflict in Southern Thailand and that in Mindanao, the Philippines. Despite the limited examples here, these are global questions which reflect conflicts in the Middle East and Africa as well. This paper posits that there is a combination of domestic, regional and international variables which contribute to the successful resolution of violent internal conflict. Globalization has facilitated the recruitment and training of actors willing and able to become involved in insurgencies so it is critical to better understand these conflicts.

Keywords: Insurgency, Conflict, Internationalization, Globalization

Global Studies Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.1-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 620.458KB).

Dr. Amy Lynn Freedman

Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Long Island University, Brookville, USA

Amy Freedman is an adjunct associate research scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University and she is an associate professor of political science at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. Dr. Freedman primarily studies Indonesia and Malaysia, she is the author of Political Change and Consolidation: Democracy’s Rocky Road in Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Malaysia, 2006 with Palgrave and Threatening the State: the Internationalization of Internal Conflicts, forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press. She is also the author of numerous journal articles relating to political economy; minority politics, and questions about political Islam.

Dr. Sarah Davies Murray

Adjunct professor, Political Science Department, Manhattanville College, USA

Dr. Murray received her PhD from New York University and is a Lecturer at Manhattanville College, teaching courses in comparative and international politics. Her research has focused on the relationship between international constraints and domestic choices. In particular, she has examined the international security problems of small states. Currently, she is doing work on the problem of domestic conflict resolution in the new international security environment.


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