A theoretical analysis of complex armed conflicts

Rinaldi, S., Gragnani, A., Moro, F.N., & Della Rossa, F. (2022). A theoretical analysis of complex armed conflicts. PLoS ONE 17 (3) e0264418. 10.1371/journal.pone.0264418.

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The introduction and analysis of a simple idealized model enables basic insights into how military characteristics and recruitment strategies affect the dynamics of armed conflicts, even in the complex case of three or more fighting groups. In particular, the model shows when never ending wars (stalemates) are possible and how initial conditions and interventions influence a conflict’s fate. The analysis points out that defensive recruitment policies aimed at compensating for suffered losses lead to conflicts with simple dynamics, while attack groups sensitive to the damages they inflict onto their enemies can give rise to conflicts with turbulent behaviours. Since non-governmental groups often follow attack strategies, the conclusion is that the evolution of conflicts involving groups of that kind can be expected to be difficult to forecast.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Evolution and Ecology (EEP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2022 07:06
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2022 07:06
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/17839

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