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By Fotini Christia

one of the most brutal and long-lasting civil wars of our time contain the speedy formation and disintegration of alliances between warring teams, in addition to fractionalization inside them. it might be normal to feel that warring teams shape alliances in keeping with shared identification issues - similar to Christian teams allying with Christian teams - yet this isn't what we see. teams that determine themselves as sour foes sooner or later, at the foundation of a few id narrative, may be allies the next day to come and vice versa. neither is any staff, besides the fact that homogeneous, secure from inner fractionalization. relatively, taking a look heavily on the civil wars in Afghanistan and Bosnia and checking out opposed to the wider universe of fifty-three instances of multiparty civil wars, Fotini Christia unearths that the relative energy distribution among and inside a number of warring teams is the first motive force at the back of alliance formation, alliance alterations, team splits and inner team takeovers.

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