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Title: Violence, atrocity and the behaviour of pro-government armed groups
Author: Flett, Bronia Naomi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 062X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2011
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Violence, Atrocity and the Behaviour of Pro-Government Armed Groups Bronia Naorni Flett ABSTRACT This thesis explores the existence and behaviour of the under-researched and under- theorised pro-government armed group (PGAG). The core research question is: Why do POAOs behave violently? I define a PGAG as a group that is armed, organised and connected to government. Detailed evidence on PGAGs is limited and typically collected on a case-by-case basis by historians, anthropologists and journalists. The pro-government militia database ( is the first project to collect evidence on these groups in a systematic manner. The database finds POAOs existing and operating in diverse environments; they are frequently violent and commit human rights abuses. The empirical contribution of this thesis is to collect further detailed evidence on the behaviour of PGAGs in three diverse cases: the notorious militias in Yugoslavia, the under-researched peasant militias in Peru and the well-regarded International Brigades in Spain.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Atrocities ; Political persecution ; Violence ; Political violence ; Human rights