Female combatants and durability of civil war

Keshab Giri*, Roos Haer

*Corresponding author for this work

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How is conflict duration affected by female combatants in rebel group? In this study, we advance three possible pathways through which female combatants enhance the resilience of the rebel group, thereby lengthening the conflict. We explore this association using quantitative cross-sectional data on female combatant and conflict duration. The positive relationship between female combatants and civil war duration from quantitative analysis is substantiated by the qualitative evidence collected via in-depth interviews with former male and female combatants in the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. This work has important implications for the study of armed conflict duration, rebel organizations, and post-conflict peacebuilding.

Original languageEnglish
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Early online date6 Oct 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Oct 2021


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