This study examines the relationship between internal security forces (ISF) and sub-state political violence. The author looks at how civil conflict is shaped by both the quantity and quality of ISFs, and the need for an interagency approach in building security capacity, including government, military, peacekeeping, and law enforcement training.
In this study, the author reviews the new ISF dataset that measures police and paramilitary forces within a state, and examines the relationship between the dataset and levels of internal political violence. The author also studies how the interaction between capability and legitimacy of ISFs affect the level of internal violence a state experiences. By exploring these topics, the author attempts to further an understanding of how and in what ways ISF capability and legitimacy actually affect levels of sub-state political violence.
This study provides a review of the current literature on the relationship between ISF capability and internal violence, as well as the interaction between ISF capability and legitimacy on internal violence. The study concludes by discussing the implications of these findings, especially in regard to issues that surround how ISFs can be influenced by actors outside the state.
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