Rebel Networks in Civil War (Dataset)

This dataset codes for the onset and dissolution of rebel networks in civil wars. In conflict literature, civil wars are often taken as intra-state conflicts and rebel groups are analyzed as distinct armed groups. In reality however, rebel groups maintain transnational bases and alliances with other warring groups both within the country and abroad. Large-scale data collection is needed for a comprehensive analysis of these rebel networks. This dataset aims to answer questions such as:

  • What explains alliance formation and dissolution both within and across state borders?

  • Why do some groups splinter, and how does splintering affect rebel behavior?

  • What do rebel groups gain when they form alliances, and at what cost?

  • How do rebel alliances lead to the diffusion of violence and ideology?

  • Which groups are the most connected, and how do these connections affect the dynamics of war in their allies’ home states?

An example of rebel networks in Mali and Algeria, 1991-present day.

An example of rebel networks in Mali and Algeria, 1991-present day.