Insurgent Groups and Civilians

The spatial dimension of insurgent-civilian relations - PRIF Working Paper by Francis O'Connor

Kurdish PKK fighter (Photo: flickr, Kurdishstruggle, https://bit.ly/2B5dbt2, CC BY 2.0)

Kurdish PKK fighter (Photo: flickr, Kurdishstruggle, https://bit.ly/2B5dbt2, CC BY 2.0)

This wor­king paper is a first step in the develop­ment of a con­cep­tual frame­work to analyse the spaces where in­surgents and civilians inter­act. Buil­ding on re­lational research ad­dres­sing in­surgent support net­works and rebel gover­nance, it develops the con­cept of Rou­ti­nised In­surgent Space (RIS) as a means to sys­te­ma­ti­cally as­sess the way that move­ments spa­tially order inter­actions with existing and po­ten­tial sup­porters. Francis O’Connor focuses in PRIF Working Paper "The Spatial Dimension of Insurgent-Civilian Relations: Routinised Insurgent Space" on four specific examples of RIS: in­surgent systems of justice and policing, service pro­vision, prison mo­bi­li­sation and funerals. It draws pri­ma­ri­ly on two case studies, the M-19 in Colombia (early 1970s–1990) and the PKK in Turkey (mid 1970s–1999).

Download (pdf, 396 kb): Francis O'Connor (2019): The Spatial Dimension of Insurgent-Civilian Relations: Routinised Insurgent Space, PRIF Working Papers No. 44, Frankfurt/M.