doi:10.3849/1802-7199

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TAKING A SNAPSHOT

Discovering Escalation Prone Countries Through Structural Conditions and QCA

Kateřina FRIDRICHOVÁ, Adriana ILAVSKÁ

This paper introduces a method of conflict escalation prediction based on long-term structural conditions, drawn from open sources, and QCA (Qualitative Comparative analysis). The combination of the two components offers a model of prediction, which is comparable to other more sophisticated and resourced systems. Moreover, it offers a more sensitive estimation of an escalation.

16.12.2020 20:08:32 | read 649x | posts: 1 | Frank | Full article
 

KURDISH FEMALE FIGHTERS IN SYRIA DURING AND AFTER THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS

Emancipation as a Fundamental Motive for the Struggle in Northeastern Syria

Lucia YAR

Kurdish female fighters in Syria did not receive attention until after the Battle of Koban. This study analyzes activities during and after the struggle against ISIS, focusing on the ideological motivators that influenced their involvement in the armed insurgent movement. Through a discursive analysis of non-traditional, local sources, it concludes that the specificity of the ideological transformation of the movement, where women's emancipation came to the center of the local discourse, persisted even after the primary goal of the resistance has changed.

16.12.2020 20:08:37 | read 565x | posts: 0 | Frank | Full article
 

ALTERNATIVES OF BOKO HARAM TO THE CONTEMPORARY MODERN NIGERIAN STATE

The Postmodern Caliphate or the Terrorist Semi-State?

Daniel SVOBODA

This article examines Boko Haram’s alternatives to the contemporary secular Nigerian state of Westphalian style. This article is focused on analysing the relationship between Boko Haram and the secular state that they reject. The reality of what Boko Haram in Nigeria has managed to create, rather than a caliphate, corresponds to a terrorist semi-state (TSS). Therefore, the article also performs an analysis of Boko Haram from the perspective of the TSS concept.

16.12.2020 20:08:42 | read 731x | posts: 0 | Frank | Full article
 

CHRISTIAN ARMED GROUPS

A Forgotten Actor of the Middle Eastern Conflicts

Marek ČEJKA

The text will focus on several Middle East conflict areas where Christian activities and violence have been present in the modern history of the region. In the light of Phil Williams’s violent non-state actor (VNSA) typology, it will explain the concept of Middle Eastern Christian violence – from the aggressive-dominant violence seeking to maintain political status quo, through nationalist-liberation movements, to purely defensive violence.

16.12.2020 20:08:48 | read 657x | posts: 0 | Frank | Full article
 

SOCIOTECHNICAL TRANSITIONS IN DEVELOPING WORLD

Explaining the Pathway of Iran’s Defence Industry

Sepehr GHAZINOORY, Javad VAZIRI

This paper tries to provide a socio-technical interpretation of Iran’s defence industry transition over the past few decades. Focusing on anti-tank industries, we will elaborate on the threefold periods of transition in Iran’s defence industry to a multi-level system by means of Bourdieu’s triple levels of inquiry. The results indicate that the balance and coordination between the technical capital and the symbolic capital of engineers is the most important factor in the defence industry.

16.12.2020 20:08:54 | read 570x | posts: 0 | Frank | Full article
 

(NOT)UTILIZING THE CIVILIAN EXPERTISE OF INDIVIDUAL RESERVISTS IN CZECH ARMY ACTIVE RESERVE FORCES

Missed Opportunity in Personal Pool

Tomáš ZWIEFELHOFER

Text sums up outcomes of researcher focused on utilizing civilian expertise during their service in Czech Army Active Reserve Forces. The main outcome is that Czech Army is not aware of individual civilian expertise of its reservist and except small group of highly specialized units the armed forces are not even interested in this matter.

16.12.2020 20:08:59 | read 642x | posts: 0 | Frank | Full article
 
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