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Understanding insurgent resilience: the comparative robustness of familial and meritocratic insurgent organizations

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posted on 2022-03-29, 03:11 authored by Andrew Henshaw
This dissertation examines insurgent organizations and asks: are familial or meritocratic insurgencies more resilient to counterinsurgency pressures? It argues it is not the type of organization, per se, that determines resilience, but the efficiency functions of social capital and trust, which have different natures and forms in them. This is important because to date there has not been a comprehensive scholarly study of the resilience of familial and meritocratic insurgencies in the structural and social capital and trust contexts. It finds that while familial insurgencies can challenge incumbents from the start, they weaken over time, whereas meritocracies will generally strengthen.


Table of Contents

Part I. Chapter One. Introduction Chapter Two. Literature review -- Part II. Chapter Three. The Haqqani network Chapter Four. Lashkar‐e‐Toibas Chapter Five. Jemaah Islamiyahm Chapter Six. Abu Sayyaf -- Part III. Chapter Seven Findings and results Chapter Eight. Conclusion and the future of strategic counterintelligence -- Appendices -- Bibliography.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 332-415

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Department, Centre or School

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Adam Lockyer

Additional Supervisor 1

Grant Wardlaw


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