Fully updated review article on pro-government militias and conflict

A fully revised version of 2016 article on pro-government militias (PGMs) and conflict is now available online. Sabine Carey, Neil Mitchell and Adam Scharpf explain the role of PGMs in the context of armed conflict. Using new data on PGMs in co­unterinsurgency wars between 1950–2005, the article shows that despite their greater mobility and superior information levels, local militia groups do not help to shorten the duration of the co­unterinsurgency and do not increase the chances of a government win over the rebels.

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