2 Events

Internally displaced persons (IDP)s in Maguindanao during the 2008 war between elements of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Jennifer Keister Photo

Seminar - Open to the Public

States within States: The Social Contracts of Armed Groups

Mon., May 23, 2011 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

How do rebel movements establish social contracts with civilian populations? Why and how do some groups provide public goods and build governance structures, while others engage in extortive behavior? This seminar argues that rebels balance challenges of building and maintaining legitimacy and their own existence in the face of interactions with both civilians and international interests.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.

The plains and mountains of Maguindanao, central Mindanao.

Photo by Jennifer Keister

Seminar - Open to the Public

States Within States: The Social Contracts of Rebel Groups

Thu., Nov. 19, 2009 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

John F. Kennedy School of Government - Littauer Building, Belfer Center Library, Room L369

How rebels relate to the domestic populations varies widely. Some rebel groups engage in theft, extortion, and kidnapping, while others set up state-like exchanges of security and other public goods for support. The speaker will argue this variations stems from how different rebel groups balance two challenges. Like states, rebels must balance 1) their political goals and efforts to extract concessions from their rivals, and 2) building and maintaining their own organization. Rebels must build and maintain legitimacy in the face of interactions with civilians, the incumbent regime, and international interests. This seminar uses the logic of social contracting to explain this variation and will suggest preliminary findings from field research in Mindanao.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.