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COMMUNITY-BASED ARMED GROUPS RESEARCH SERIES FACT SHEET: From Self-Defense to Vigilantism: A Typology Framework of Community-Based Armed Groups

Abstract

This fact sheet provides a snapshot of conclusions from the mapping effort of the RESOLVE Network’s Community-Based Armed Groups Research Initiative that investigates the dynamics of community- based armed groups (CBAGs) to identify potential approaches to engage, manage, and transform them. This Research Report develops a typology framework to enhance the understanding of these groups in informal political and security networks and identifies definitive internal functions that position CBAGs within state-society relations and external factors that drive CBAG transformations. To learn more about the research methodology and findings, please refer to this fact sheet’s companion RESOLVE Research Report by Lauren Van Metre: From Self-Defense to Vigilantism: A Typology Framework of Community- Based Armed Groups.

 

Suggested citation:

RESOLVE Network. Community-based Armed Groups Research Series Fact Sheet: From Self-Defense to Vigilantism: A Typology Framework of Community-Based Armed Groups. Washington, D.C.: RESOLVE Network, 2020. https://doi.org/10.37805/fs2020.1.cbags