Journal Article - Quarterly Journal: International Security

Help Wanted? The Mixed Record of Foreign Fighters in Domestic Insurgencies

| Spring 2014

Summary

Existing scholarship assumes that transnational insurgents strengthen domestic rebels. Analysis of transnational insurgents’ participation in the Chechen wars, however, reveals that foreign fighters can weaken a domestic opposition movement by introducing goals and tactics that divide the movement and alienate the local community. To avoid this outcome, domestic resistance leaders must adapt the foreigners’ ideas to the local context.

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For Academic Citation: Kristin M. Bakke. Help Wanted? The Mixed Record of Foreign Fighters in Domestic Insurgencies.” Quarterly Journal: International Security, vol. 38. no. 4. (Spring 2014):
150-187
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