IR Seminar: “Foreign Fighters and Ethnic Participation in Transnational Conflict”, Andrea Michelle Morris, 5:30PM December 17 (EN)

Date: 17 December 2020, Thursday
Time: 17:30-18:45

Topic: Job Talk by Andrea Michelle Morris
Time: Dec 17, 2020 17:30

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“Foreign Fighters and Ethnic Participation in Transnational Conflict.”
Andrea Michelle Morris
Washington University in St. Louis

Abstract: “When rebel groups frame their movement based on a global identity, they often attract “foreign fighters” – those that leave their home country to fight in another – from around the world.

Using data on thousands of foreign soldiers who joined the Islamic State, this article borrows hypotheses from existing work on ethnic civil conflict and terrorism to investigate whether conventional conflict correlates can explain ethnic participation in transnational warfare. Contrary to existing studies on ISIS, I find that economic inequality explains why some groups join the Islamic State. However, commonly used ethnic civil conflict variables, such as political marginalization, do not associate with ethnic group participation in transnational conflict. Overall, the results imply that socio-economic factors, instead of political ones, drive participation in ethno-transnational warfare.”